Next-Gen Mazda CX-5: A compact crossover to rival Mercedes-Benz and BMW

Written by Thembani Magazi – December 10, 2020

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Mazda has its eyes set on expansion. With fierce competition in the luxury SUV market, there is pressure to engineer an answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the BMW X-3. We’ve already seen their answer to the Hyundai Kona EV in the all-electric CX-30, now it’s time to take this competitiveness to the premium brands. The CX-5 proved to be a best-selling model for the Japanese automaker and now it is set to be reborn by making a further leap upmarket.

The new CX5 is set to share the same platform as the newest generation Mazda 6, meaning it will share the same longitudinal engine layout and potentially be offered with rear-wheel drive. Despite having a new drivetrain option, it will also remain available with all-wheel-drive. As for the powertrain, the crossover will feature a more powerful 6-cylinder engine. Thanks to this new platform, the SUV could be offered with two variants of the new inline-six engine being developed by Mazda.

The first could be a 3.0-liter unit using Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology and complete with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, while the second could be a diesel 3.3-liter inline-six. Possibly, a turbo diesel variant will be made available to certain markets. The SKYACTIV-X engine uses a spark to ignite only a small, dense amount of the fuel-air mix in the cylinder. This raises the temperature and pressure so that the remaining fuel-air mix ignites under pressure (like a diesel), burning faster and more completely than in conventional engines. This new addition to their line-up is expected to debut in 2023.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Mazda knows the power that the CX-5 has to boost the brand as they have done so before. Excelling in the compact class, the upmarket feel of the CX-5 justifiably made this step to rival the German marques only logical. A new platform and bigger inline 6 makes it ideal for customers who want a sportier feel to their CUV experience. SKYACTIVE-X considers real-world emissions over a vehicle’s entire lifecycle. By making the best of both diesel and gasoline engines using Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, Mazda claims to have perfected a method of combustion that the motor industry has been trying to master for over two decades. It’s the best of both worlds; now it has the premium car pedigree to match its ambitious engineering.