Not rumors and just the rumors but the actual spy photos of the real life 2018 Mazda CX-5 emerged to the surface of this vast ocean of speculations somewhere in the middle of the year, but we now have the Los Angeles Auto Show, and a one on one meeting with the 2018 model. Those photos, at first, gave us chills only because we still believe in the efficiency of the good old internal combustion engines. Mazda has the technology to prove that you can make the efficient engines if you want to. You don’t need billions of dollars to invest in R&D, you only need good engineers and the power of will.
While all major companies have their hands deep in the hybrid and EV industry (which is not the bad thing – we all want to save the planet), Mazda still tries to prove that, the regular engines have a place here in present and are not going to museums anytime soon.
The key to their success is the SkyActiv technology which is squeezing the last possible drop out of the gasoline and diesel. With clever engineering ideas, they managed to improve the good old internal combustion engine and to make it up to 20% more efficient than its conventional counterparts. Their first hypothesis was that conventional engine uses only 30% of the fuel’s potential energy. They proved their point and produced the most efficient engine architecture ever. That is why we congratulate them.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
We expect the 2018 Mazda CX-5 release date to be somewhere in the third or fourth quarter of 2017. That has been a thing for all the past models and Mazda is going to continue the tradition in the future. The price of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is going to be somewhere around $25,000 dollars without any added equipment and it will go up to $35,000 for fully loaded models.
In the meantime we published an article about 2019 Mazda CX 5, so you can check it as well.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 exterior is somewhat different from the past models, it looks like It got most of the elements from the most recent CX-9 but there are some differences. For the start, 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover and it’s one of the most popular vehicles in the Mazda’s lineup. The design of the interior and exterior are very crucial for the survival of this car, just because of all the love towards this vehicle.
Like we said, there are cues from some other models, which is natural, but there are those small details like the different five-point grille. The updated CX-9, Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 have grilles which end go straight to the headlights, the all new 2018 Mazda CX-5 are like stamped over the grille. Tiny details, but very important for the face of the car.
Again, all the important details were carefully covered by the… (this is the first time we will say this), simply beautiful camouflage. Seriously, I would like to have my car, resprayed like this.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Interior
Like the rest of the car, expect the 2018 Mazda CX-5 interior to share the same faith. That is not a problem, and it will never be, when we talk about Mazda. Every trim level looks like a premium, although you don’t get leather in every trim, it somehow feels like you bought a Lexus or an Audi.
The interior is most probably going to be oriented towards the driver’s need and no, you won’t get the third row of seats, they are not going that close to the CX-9. Everything else, from the central screen, control wheel and heated and ventilated seats is going to be there.
Wood and Nappa’s leather are going to be the part of the top of the line trim level, also expect the navigation only present on the higher trims. But, in the age of smartphones and tablets, who needs navigation inside the car?
2018 Mazda CX-5 Engine
The most important thing for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 engine is the addition of the 2.2 SkyActive-D, diesel engine, which has been manufactured only for this generation of the CX-5. The patrol version is already known, and there were lots of rumors about it, but on the LA auto show, last month, we were in the situation to talk with people responsible for the engine. They also told us that the architecture is the same, but boy oh boy did they science the S…. out of the suspension, steering, torque and noise cancellation.
So, the old habit of strong and fuel efficient engines has come to an end, and Mazda has perfected the manufacturing process of the ideal engine. Expect the 2.0 and 2.5-liter direct injection turbo engines. The new SkyActiv technology is going to provide somewhere around 29.6mpg combined for the petrol engine. Diesel option doesn’t have the estimated fuel consumption, but we will brief you if we find some new details.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Summary
The big deal with all vehicles from Mazda is that they haven’t started researching the Hybrid or EV technologies. They are not investing in it, because obviously, they had started the research process for the more effective internal combustion engine long before the Hybrids were a thing. They have plans for those areas but in a couple of years. The SkyActiv technology, combined with completely redesigned interiors and exteriors are enough for us to stay optimistic.
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a beautiful vehicle, which looks and runs very mature. Mazda throws away all the noisy and robust elements and the vehicle is now slick, silent and fuel efficient. The most important thing is that it’s cheap, considering all the things you get for your money. This is an ideal compact SUV. Well done Mazda!