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The new and improved CX-5 gets Mazda 3 tech bits

The crossover SUV may look the same, but it’s definitely better

The changes are unnoticeable from the outside. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Mazda has just unveiled the refreshed 2020 CX-5 crossover SUV. If nothing appears to have changed in the vehicle’s exterior, it’s because the Japanese automaker has concentrated its efforts on giving the interior a spruce-up. The good thing about it is that the brand didn’t have to look beyond its family of products for inspiration.

The 2.0L FWD Sport variant has 17-inch wheels. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Customers will be happy to know that there is now a Sport variant of the 2.0-liter version. This basically means that it gets almost all the goodies that come standard on the all-wheel-drive 2.5-liter Sport in a more affordable package. The list of additional toys includes power-adjustable seats for both front occupants, and a power-operated liftgate.

The 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G is now in a Sport variant. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

It is also worth noting that both Sport variants also get some of the features that debuted on the all-new Mazda 3. The Mazda Connect infotainment system now sings through a 10-speaker audio system by Bose. The traditional instrument cluster is now replaced by a seven-inch LCD screen and a windshield-projected heads-up display. There is additional safety tech as well with front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360° camera.

For maximum head-turning effect, the AWD version receives 19-inch alloy wheels, while the FWD variants get 17-inch rims.

Much of the improvement can be found inside. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Both the front-wheel-drive Pro and Sport variants are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 154hp of output and 200Nm of torque. The AWD Sport gets a larger 2.5-liter engine with 187hp and 252Nm. Skyactiv-G technology is standard across the range, as well as tweaked suspension components for increased ride comfort and the G-Vectoring Control Plus dynamics control technology for better handling.

Yes, that is a Bose subwoofer right there. Cool, yes? PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Prices of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-G are as follows:

  • 2.0L AT FWD Pro – P1,730,000
  • 2.0L AT FWD Sport – P1,890,000
  • 2.5L AT AWD Sport – P1,990,000

According to Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan, the diesel version will be launched next year.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.