Mazda South Africa has announced the current CX-5 has been handed ‘major’ updates, with the Japanese automaker’s midsize SUV gaining an “evolution” of the company’s KODO design language and improved convenience features. 


For the exterior, Mazda says its designers focused on refining the front and rear ends to create a distinguished and elegant appearance. The front facia adopts a revised bumper and signature wing. The grille now features a three-dimensional texture. The rear has also received a refreshed bumper, including a new tailgate. 

The head- and taillamps have received “significant” design changes, said Mazda, with each unit featuring a pair of horizontally spaced, rectangular LED lights. Adaptive LED items include 20 segment arrays “to provide brighter illumination and enhanced visibility”. Newly designed alloy wheels are also part of the “major” updates, as is a brand-new exterior paint colour, Zircon Sand metallic. 


Inside, the CX-5 now sports updated seats. According to Mazda, the revised pews “help to stabilise occupants’ heads more”. Thanks to the deletion of the height difference between the cargo area and tailgate sill, the CX-5 sports more luggage capacity. 

Enhancing driving performance, the updated CX-5 is underpinned by Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV-Vehicle architecture, which was introduced on the current Mazda3. This, Mazda says, contributes to dynamic performance and minimises fatigue. Ride comfort and quality have also been improved, with the damping control structure receiving increased frame rigidity.