Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) revealed the changes for the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Considering that the Mazda CX-5 makes up almost half of Mazda’s sales in the United States, the Japanese automaker wants to make sure the popularity remains. While not exactly a facelift, the new CX-5 gets a host of technology upgrades for the 2021 model year.
The most prominent change is the addition of the brand’s second-generation Mazda Connect infotainment system. Equipped as standard on all variants, the new infotainment system uses a large 10.25-inch screen. It also uses the same interface seen in the all-new Mazda 3 and CX-30. As expected, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Other equipment upgrades for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 include a higher definition 360-degree camera, while the top trim Signature variant gets a new Caturra Brown Nappa Leather interior and genuine layered wood trims.
Just like the 2021 Mazda CX-9, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 also gets a Carbon Edition model. This special edition variant is painted in Polymetal Gray and it features black 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior trimmings, and a red leather interior.
Powertrain options for the Mazda CX-5 for the North American market remain unchanged. They still use a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine on the lower variants, which produces 190 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Grand Touring Reserve variants and above are powered exclusively by the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 250 hp and 440 Nm of torque when in high-octane fuel. When using standard fuel, the engine produces 227 hp and 420 Nm of torque. All variants are mated exclusively to a 6-speed automatic. Oh, and the turbocharged variants also get a new “Turbo” badge to highlight its powertrain.
As with every new car nowadays, the Mazda CX-5 can be fitted with a plethora of advanced driver-assist features called i-Activsense. This includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, just to name a few. New for the 2021 model year is Driver Attention Alert and rear automatic emergency braking.
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in North American dealers next month. With these units being sourced in Japan, it’ll be quite a while before these changes are implemented into our Malaysian-made CX-5s.