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2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV Makes Online Debut with Designers at 2016 L.A. Auto Show

2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV Makes Online Debut with Designers at 2016 L.A. Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, November 16, 2016
Last night, Mazda live-streamed the world debut of its redone and more refined 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV before the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Online headlines for the event touted “bold,” “more athletic,” and “more sophisticated” for the new crossover SUV model.

Mazda North America President Masahiro Moro introduced the carmaker’s design team leaders, whom he said are striving to strengthen the relationship between car and driver and art with the design mantra: Kodo or “soul of motion.” Julian Montousse, director of design for Mazda North America, took the stage to explain Mazda’s challenge to create vehicles with emotional warmth and elegant lines instead of a current trend toward sharp cartoonish design looks.

The new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover was shown in a bold red that emphasized a more restrained, refined look with smoother body lines without sharp edges. The front features a dark mesh-patterned grille that joins with linear horizontal headlamps. Overall, the new CX-5 takes many cues from its larger sibling CX-9 midsize SUV.

Front fenders of the new CX-5 are more angular, and the body’s character lines appear to reflect more light and shadows. The rear is streamlined with redone, slimmer taillights that are integral to the rear hatchback design. Mazda also reports that the CX-5 will have several engine choices, including 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter gasoline powertrains with a possible 2.2-liter diesel engine option.

Inside, the 5-seat compact SUV features softer padded seating with more stitching than in the current model. There’s a strong linear focus on the upper instrument panel that features a more driver-centric approach, according to Mazda designers. The touch screen is placed high on the dashboard creating an open and clean look, and the center console is wider with a more elegant appearance, Mazda says.

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