2018 LA Auto Show: Mazda Adds Turbocharger, Steering Upgrades to CX-5

November 27, 2018 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Mazda has added a direct-injection turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to its best-selling 2019 CX-5 compact crossover.

The CX-5, which has surpassed 2 million units sold worldwide since its introduction in 2012, was redesigned for 2017. Now it is getting powertrain and chassis upgrades. The Skyactiv-2.5T is already offered in Signature Series trim levels of sibling vehicles, including the Mazda 6 sedan and three-row CX-9 SUV.

U.S. sales of the CX-5 have risen every year and are just below the record 127,563 sales in 2017 through October this year.

Turbo Boost

The Skyactiv-2.5T generates up to 310 pound-feet torque and 250 horsepower on 93-octane fuel. It gets 227 horsepower with 87-octane gasoline.

The CX-5’s base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with cylinder deactivation. It was added for 2018.

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Enhanced Steering Feel

G-Vectoring Control Plus, which adds braking force to the outside wheels when the driver straightens the steering angle after a corner, is also among upgrades to the CX-5 Signature revealed at the Seattle Auto Show earlier in November.

The Mazda technology is engineered to make steering response more precise and consistent by using small changes in engine output to shift weight to the front tires whenever the driver turns the wheel.

Steering upgrades come from a software control system, so they add no weight to the vehicle. The brake system responds to the existing electronic steering control systems for a coordinated response.

The suspension system on the CX-5 was re-tuned to reduce friction, allowing the wheels to glide over bumps with little body motion.

The CX-5 Signature interior adds Caturra Brown Nappa leather seats, layered wood trim, satin chrome accents, ambient interior LED lighting, ventilated front seats, a black headliner and a frameless rearview mirror.

A 360-degree view monitor with front and rear parking sensors helps when maneuvering into a parking spot. The reconfigurable seven-inch, full-color touchscreen display is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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