2019 Mazda CX-5 updated with turbo-petrol power

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Mazda has updated its popular CX-5 midsize SUV for the 2019 model year, bringing new powertrains, updated infotainment and price hikes between $480 and $1080 across the range.

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The key change is the addition of the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the larger CX-9 SUV and 6 sedan/wagon. It produces 170kW of power and a diesel-like 420Nm of torque – it’s available for $2500 extra on the top-tier GT and Akera variants. Don’t worry, as the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel are still offered.

Other equipment changes include the standard inclusion of Mazda’s full safety suite, which consists of autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, lane-keep assist and driver attention monitoring. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now feature across the range, while the centre control stack has been redesigned.

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Kicking off the range is the Maxx (pricing is at the bottom of the article), available with 115kW/200Nm 2.0-litre and 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines. Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, the full safety suite mentioned above, six-speaker sound system, push-button start, leather steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, electric parking brake, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio.

Stepping up to the Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, LED fog lights, rear centre armrest and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. It also gets the option of a 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with AWD.

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Above the Maxx Sport is the Touring. On top of the former’s expansive equipment list, it gets a head-up display, keyless entry, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, heated electric folding mirrors as well as faux leather/suede seat upholstery.

The second-from-top GT gains the option of the 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine, along with 19-inch alloys, adaptive front lighting, electric sunroof, electric tailgate, 10-way driver and 6-way passenger electric seats, heated front seats, leather trim available in Black or Pure White and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

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Perched at the top of the CX-5 range is the Akera. In addition to the GT’s kit it gains dark-coloured 19-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch TFT driver instrument display, 360-degree camera, adaptive LED headlights, frameless rear-view mirror, ‘Dark Russet’ Nappa leather trim, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, wood inserts, ambient LED interior lighting and black headlining.

The updated 2019 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale this month.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • Maxx 2.0 petrol manual: $29,770
  • Maxx 2.0 petrol auto: $31,770
  • Maxx 2.5 AWD petrol: $34,770
  • Maxx Sport 2.0 petrol auto: $34,870
  • Maxx Sport 2.5 AWD petrol: $37,870
  • Maxx Sport 2.2 AWD diesel: $40,870
  • Touring 2.5 AWD petrol: $39,470
  • Touring 2.2 AWD diesel: $42,470
  • GT 2.5 AWD petrol: $44,470
  • GT 2.2 AWD diesel: $47,470
  • GT 2.5 AWD turbo petrol: $46,970
  • Akera 2.5 AWD petrol: $46,670
  • Akera 2.2 AWD diesel: $49,670
  • Akera 2.5 AWD turbo petrol: $49,170

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