Mazda has announced updates to its popular midsize SUV, the CX-5. According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the global roll out of the revised CX-5 will take place in the “latter half of 2021”. 

The “major” updates, Mazda says, includes an array of improvements to the design, convenience and utility elements, and driving dynamics. According to Mazda, these improvements produce a “greater” sense of quality, both in the CX-5’s appearance and driving experience. 

For the updated CX-5, the latest iteration of Mazda’s Kodo design language is incorporated to add more depth to its already unique expression, “achieving a balance between functionality and beautiful form”. Focusing on the fore and aft ends, the new design adds a heightened sense of “SUV toughness” to CX-5’s “refined” bodywork. 

The front grille adopts a new design, which features surface forms rather than lines to assume the look of a “sturdy frame” and convey the “tough” stature of the midsize SUV.  For the luggage area, Mazda has eliminated the height difference between the area floor and tailgate sill. This, Mazda says, allows for easier loading and unloading of heavy cargo. 

In terms of driving dynamics, the updated version adopts the latest SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture philosophy which was introduced on the current Mazda3. “Evolving the body [and] suspension makes driving the updated CX-5 feel more natural and stress-free and inspires you to keep driving for as long as possible whilst providing quality and ride comfort that inspires you to go out and explore as far as you can,” Mazda says. “The aim is to realize dynamic performance that reduces fatigue, even during long trips.”

More details regarding specific elements of the facelifted CX-5 will be revealed closer to the launch.