2018 Mazda CX-5 rumors said that this upcoming car will offer a diesel engine which going to put the price in higher cost. It is not only the brand new engine that seems to be brought by the new version of CX-5 because on top of that, there will be some redesign for its exterior design especially the platform and we expect slight changes in the cabin as well. But, overall designs is probably do not change that much so it will stay the same just like the predecessor since it is already received a full makeover for last year model. If you are fans of this crossover SUV then read below for more information regarding its specifications and designs review.
2018 Mazda CX-5 exterior body gets slight makeover
Early 2017, CX-5 is finally received a full redesign so we do not expect that the upcoming vehicle will be different that much from last year model. We predicted that 2018 Mazda CX-5 exterior design will carry similar appearance that the redesigned 2017 model gained. We are going to see a familiar Kodo design with a few facelift while rumors said that the body of the car will be 0.4 inches longer and 0.1 inches wider than before to enhance the stability. The change might unnoticeable at first but it will provide more comfortable driver experience. Aside that, the changes can be seen in some parts as well such as a more rounded rear hatch, 3-dimensional grille, stretched and thinner LED highlamps, and smoother plus lower car’s hood. The lower roofline may affect the cargo volume and make it below average for the class.
Moreover, the rear doors now are remounted so it can be opened six-inches wider than the current car. The wheel designs are changed as well to make it looks more modern. In conclusion, the facelift is indeed subtle but they are very effective updates. We also expect the car will be offered with one or two new colors.
2018 Mazda CX-5 interior design remain unchanged
Just like what happen in the exterior design, we expect that inside CX-5 remain unchanged too. It will carry similar makeover in the latest model like a premium look of raised center console, two-step reclining rear seats, and 7-ich touchscreen display which possible to be repositioned. Infotainment system is maybe get some updated version and since the roofline is a bit lower than before, it will create less cargo space. In addition, if the standard features remain the same then it will carry 4-speaker stereo, two USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity. For higher trim levels, of course more modern technologies will be offered as optional equipments. 2018 Mazda CX-5 is going to be covered with high quality material to improve comfortability and it also has 39.6 inches of leg room to bring roomy rear seats.
2018 Mazda CX-5 power train with new diesel option
Just like we already mentioned above, for the new version of Mazda CX-5, it will bring new diesel option. Meanwhile, as you probably already know that the previous 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine which mated with manual transmission for base model now discontinued for 2017 so for now overall models will get more powerful 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine will deliver about 187 Hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.
For the new diesel option, it will be 2.2 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine completed with Natural Sound Frequency Control plus Natural Sound Smoother. These two new technologies will help to reduce some knocking at idle which is very familiar to happen in diesel machine. Both of gas and diesel engine will be available with either AWD (All Wheel-Drive) or FWD (Front Wheel-Drive).
The question is will the new engine bring more efficient fuel economy? Well, we doubt it for the gas option but the diesel engine is usually associated with great fuel efficiency. Although, so far no official confirmation about the EPA ratings for this 2018 Mazda CX-5 engine however you can still expect that the fuel economy will be more efficient a bit.
With this new engine option, we are not sure whether the new CX-5 will be suited for harsh off-road condition, although handling on-road is always CX-5 best forte. But, we are sure that the automaker will add some helpful features to enhance the handling in any environment. Moreover, the current 2017 model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle and because there are no changes in terms of safety features, we are sure that the rating will remain the same. However, to get the best safety features you may need to buy at least the Touring trim which is cost higher than the base model.
2018 Mazda CX-5 released date and price
2018 Mazda CX-5 released date and price still unknown, but we expect that its production to start in November this year. As for the price, no official confirmation yet but if the diesel engine is available for lower trim as well then it might be start from $30,000 more or less. The crossovers will be offered in several different trims including Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. We also expect that the base model for Sport version with FWD is around $25,300 and the cost will increase to $26,600 for AWD option. For the Touring trim, it may start from $27,200 and $28,500 while Grand Touring is possible to be offered around $30,600.
Unfortunately, Mazda still not indicated which of the three trims will get the diesel engine option. However we expect that it will be available for both Touring and Grand Touring trims. With the designs, features, as well as the specs do not change that much from previous SUV then the price tag will not go that high from the current model. However, if you do not want to pay more for the SUV then you may prefer to pick 2017 model instead because still it can still compete with fresher competitors. Hope this information regarding the all new 2018 Mazda CX-5 will help you as reader to get a good reference before deciding to buy the car.