Updated Mazda CX-5 includes new range-topping GT Sport Nav+ trim

Mid-sized SUV changes aim to keep model ahead of a growing number of rivals

Mazda has announced an updated CX-5, which includes suspension revisions, a new range-topping trim, GT Sport Nav+ and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

On sale in February, the mild revisions follow a facelift in summer 2018 which saw added standard safety equipment, the introduction of a petrol automatic model and a power increase for the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine.

This update has no changes to design or engine line-up, but instead focuses on minor technology changes including the aforementioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a revised climate control panel.

The other change is subtle tweaks to the CX-5’s suspension set-up, intended to “further refine the CX-5’s well-regarded balance of agile handling and comfortable ride quality,” according to the car maker.

The revised CX-5 features a thicker front-anti roll bar, smaller rear anti-roll bar and revised front stabiliser bushings as well as an updated version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system GVC Plus, which now has direct yaw control, promising to boost stability at speed.

The addition of the range-topping GT Sport Nav+ trim to the CX-5 line-up is in reaction to the popularity of the current top-of-the-range trim Sport Nav+.

Mazda UK boss Jeremy Thomson said: “The fact that over 80 per cent of CX-5s sold in the UK are Sport Nav+ trim shows that our customers value the superb blend of luxury and equipment offered by our high grade models, so with the introduction of the GT Sport Nav+ we now have a new model that offers even more exclusivity and interior comfort for discerning SUV buyers.”

The new trim is available in both front-wheel drive 163bhp petrol and 181bhp all-wheel drive diesel powertrains. Marked out by 19-inch alloy wheels, the inside shows the biggest difference over lesser trims.

Wood and satin chrome on the dashboard and door trim inlays match the standard leather and black roof lining and there is white LED illumination and a frameless rear view mirror.

Also unique to the flagship trim is a seven-inch colour dial display and a unique steering wheel design. There is also a host of other equipment including front seat ventilation, heated outer rear seats and sunroof.

The new CX-5 starts from £25,595, a price increase of £1900 over the outgoing entry-level model. The range-topping model costs from £37,195. The top-of-the-range variant of rival, the Ford Kuga, costs £37,135.

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Source: Autocar Online

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