Mazda has announced UK prices and specification for its new CX-5 crossover.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5 is available with three power outputs, four trim levels, and front- or four-wheel drive. It goes on sale this spring, priced from £21,395.
Skyactiv engines to save fuel
As such, Mazda is at least two years late to the party, but is hoping to tempt buyers with driving dynamics allegedly inspired by the Japanese firm’s MX-5 sportscar, plus a highly-efficient engine line-up.
Both the 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines will feature Mazda’s new ‘Skyactiv’ fuel-saving technology. This is a comprehensive set of vehicle modifications, and on paper at least the results do seem quite impressive.
Front-wheel-drive 148bhp diesel models will emit just 119g/km CO2, resulting in claimed fuel economy of 61.4mpg, while even the range-topping 172bhp diesel with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox emits just 144g/km CO2. That’s equivalent to a claimed 47.0mpg combined, and below Mazda’s calculation of the class CO2 average of 147g/km.
The petrol engine produces 163bhp and emits 139g/km. This engine is only available with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.
Specification and standard kit
The CX-5 will be offered in four trim levels: SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav.
Standard equipment on the SE-L includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, tinted glass and ‘Smart City Brake Support’. The latter is yet another name for the new breed of autonomous braking systems intended to reduce or avoid accidents at low speeds.
Sport models include 19-inch alloys, leather trim, heated front seats and a reversing camera. The Nav upgrade costs £400 on either specification – no prizes for guessing it simply adds satellite navigation.
2012 Mazda CX-5 pricing
The entry-level £21,395 asking price is for an SE-L petrol; the 148bhp diesel with front-wheel drive starts at £22,995 in the same trim. Sport specification costs £2,200 extra.
Four-wheel drive costs from £24,695, while the 172bhp diesel is priced from £27,195. A top-of-the-range 172bhp 2.2 Sport Nav auto with four-wheel drive will set you back £28,795.
Given the standard equipment levels and the fuel economy claims, this pricing seems fair, if not outstanding.
The Mazda CX-5 is not expected to reach dealerships until spring, but you can pre-order one now.