The current-generation Mazda CX-5 has constantly updated every year with new wheels, new features, and even improved driving dynamics. What it never got, however, was a mid-cycle facelift. It seems that’s finally happening soon thanks to these leaked photos taken in China and posted by AutoSpy. This news, however, seems to suggest that the upcoming 2022 Mazda CX-5 will sit alongside the brand’s future rear-wheel drive (RWD) SUV that rides on the brand’s upcoming large car platform.
Upfront, it’s easy to spot the revised grille with the enlarged chrome detailing. The bumpers now have a cleaner design that’s similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, and this is also largely due to the elimination of the foglights. The LED headlights are also slimmer and feature a new design for the daytime running lights.
Changes to the rear are less pronounced, and these are limited to a slightly revised rear bumper with smaller red reflectors, more plastic cladding, and a new LED taillight design. Finally, there are also a new set of alloy wheel designs across all variants. The new CX-5, in its top trim version, is also wearing the brand’s latest Platinum Quartz Metallic paint.
No interior photos have been shown, but over the years, Mazda has continually updated the CX-5’s premium feel and features, such as a larger 10.25-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and a luxurious Signature variant with real wood and Nappa Leather upholstery.
The new 2022 Mazda CX-5 will reportedly make its global debut this December in Japan with other markets to follow suit. The CX5 is Mazda’s best-selling model globally, and this facelift should continue this model’s popularity in the brand’s model range.