2019 Mazda CX-5 Changes: Diesel Engine and Upgraded Skyactiv Technology


The popular crossover is about to become even more competitive with novelties that company prepares for the 2019 Mazda CX-5. This will be the first update since the redesign, which happened two years ago. It won’t be a classic mid-cycle refresh, but more like a minor update with a focus on the powertrain. Rest of the crossover will suffer minimal changes, which seems natural if we consider a recent redesign.

The original version of this crossover came in 2012. Five years later, we saw the second-generation model, which came with plenty of novelties. Of course, visual improvements were significant, so we won’t see bigger changes for the next year, at least in this aspect. As we have mentioned, the focus is on powertrain, though there is a chance to see few novelties in terms of standard equipment.

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5 Gets a New Diesel Engine   

Probably the most important novelty for the next year will be a new version of the Mazda’s familiar diesel engine. This engine features displacement of 2,2 liters. So far, it was good for about 175 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. However, the company comes with few updates of the famous SkuActiv technology. With new pistons, max output will go up to 190 horsepower. Besides more power, the company promises better efficiency, which means better economy as well.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Gasoline Engines Will Be Updated Too

Like this fuel-efficient diesel engine, gasoline units will also get new pistons. So far, we don’t have exact information about eventual power increase, but the company claims much better fuel economy. In any case, this should be a great introduction to the new SkyActive X technology, which is set for the next year.

2019 Mazda CX-5 engine

At the moment, this crossover comes with two gasoline units in the offer. The first one has a displacement of 2,0-liters, with max power of 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, the optional 2,5-liter unit is good for about 185 horses and 185 pound-feet of torque.

While models that are offered internationally rely on atmospheric engines, U.S. drivers prefer 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo. This version comes with much more power compared to other gasoline engines.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo

In North America, Mazda offers the same 2,5-liter gasoline engine, but with a turbocharger. The CX-5 Turbo edition should continue in the same way, without bigger changes. When it comes to max power, it varies depending on fuel. With premium gasoline, max output goes up to 250 horsepower. All versions could be paired with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Mazda CX-5 front view

2019 Mazda CX-5 Features

When it comes to standard equipment, 2019 Mazda CX-5 should be organized in three trim levels – Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.

The base Sport trim comes with standard features like 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, 4-speaker audio system, 2 USB ports etc. There are also few advanced safety systems like low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

2019 Mazda CX-5 interior

With this trim, you can also count on an optional i-Activsense package. It includes things like high beams, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, adaptive cruise control, upgraded forward collision warning and mitigation etc.

A mid-range Touring trim adds several interesting features. Some of these are 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and steering wheel, two additional speakers, and two more USB ports. Once again, you can count on an optional package. This time, you can get things like premium Bose audio system, navigations, sunroof etc.

Finally, there is a top-level Grand Touring trim. This model includes all above and also adds things like leather upholstery, LED foglights and taillights, power-adjustable seats, a heated second row of seats, satellite radio, driver memory settings etc. You may guess, there is an optional package in the offer as well. It is called Grand Touring Premium package and it includes things like traffic sign recognition, heated steering wheel, and windshield wiper de-icer.

2019 Mazda CX-5 side view

2019 Mazda CX-5 Keeps the Same Styling

While the changes under the hood will be numerous, styling will probably remain completely unchanged. The current generation is pretty fresh and features brandćs newest design language. Moreover, this model is among most attractive crossover in the class, so there is definitely no need for modifications at the moment. However, we could see some new color options in the offer.

Same goes for the interior design. We will see a familiar, extremely stylish cabin, with no changes to the dashboard. On the other side, new color schemes are possible. Also, count on few novelties for each trim level, though the core will largely remain the same.

2019 Mazda CX-5 rear view

2019 Mazda CX-5 release date and price

We expect to see new 2019 Mazda CX-5 late in the year. The new model should keep the same price, which means around 26,000 dollars. Competition in the segment is pretty tough. Some of the class leaders are models like Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and others.

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