Mazda’s new CX-5 mid-size SUV – a Car Showroom favourite - has rocketed to the top of the sales charts but there’s big news from early next year with the excellent CX-5 gaining a more powerful petrol engine.
Some have criticized the current 2.0-litre petrol engine as being the only weak spot in the Mazda CX-5 lineup so Mazda has responded and the 2.0-litre is being replaced by the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre petrol.
The new engine delivers 138kW/250Nm and will be available in CX-5 all-wheel-drive Maxx, Maxx Sport and GT models.
A derivative of the 2.5-litre petrol engine previously used Mazda’s CX-7 Classic model, the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 provides 15 per-cent more power and 22 per-cent more torque. Mazda says the new 2.5-litre engine is also more fuel-efficient – averaging under 8.0l/100kms – a 15 per-cent improvement over the CX-7.
Front-wheel-drive version of the Mazda CX-5 will continue to employ the 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine.
“The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the big success stories of 2012,” revealed Mazda’s marketing chief Alastair Doak. “The opportunity to introduce a more powerful All-Wheel-Drive petrol model will cement the CX-5 as a leader in the popular medium SUV segment.”
Since its launch in March, the CX-5 has rocked the segment, garnering more than 13,000 sales already.