The updated 2021 Mazda CX-5 first went on sale in the North American market earlier this year. With these compact crossover SUVs shipped from Japan, it’s only a matter of time for the updates to be offered in the land of the rising sun. But apart from the mild interior changes, the Japanese-market CX-5 also gets a more powerful diesel engine.
For 2021, the Mazda CX-5’s Skyactiv-D diesel engine has been upgraded to 200 hp, which is an increase of 10 hp. Torque remains the same at 450 Nm. Apart from the more powerful diesel engine, all models (regardless of powertrain) benefit from a slightly tweaked 6-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and response.
As for those aforementioned interior changes, they’re basically the same as the ones that debuted in the North American 2021 Mazda CX-5. This includes a new 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment system that uses the automaker’s second-generation Mazda Connect interface. It’s basically the same operating system found in the all-new Mazda 3 and CX-30, and it of course supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
The Japanese-market 2021 Mazda CX-5 also gains a new Black Tone Edition variant (as shown), which is similar to the CX-5 Carbon Edition currently being offered in North America. This special variant is characterized by its special Polymetal Gray paint, black 19-inch alloy wheels, and black leather interior.
The Philippine-market Mazda CX-5 was last updated during the 2020 model year, and this added the new digital gauge cluster seen in the all-new Mazda 3 along with upgraded interior materials. Powertrain options for the CX-5 include a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G that produces 156 hp and 200 Nm, a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G that produces 190 hp and 252 Nm of torque, and a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbo diesel that produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Considering that our Mazda CX-5 units are assembled in Malaysia, these updates make take a while before they reach our market.