2014 Mazda CX-5 already on the way with more power
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
You know we're already fans of the Mazda CX-5, what we consider to be one of the company's most important new vehicles. And - for the most part - Mazda really nailed it: great styling, clever use of space, fun to drive, and amazing fuel economy. The biggest gripe, however, has to be its lack of grunt. The normally-aspirated 2.0-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder has an adequate amount of horsepower (155) but definitely felt like it could use a little extra oomph.
During the original launch Mazda execs essentially confirmed that the new up-level engine would eventually be the equally impressive 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D - or turbodiesel - with 170 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque. Sounded good to us. Well, that's not happening quite yet; turns out the third-generation Mazda6 that's arriving in North America soon will debut Mazda's diesel tech, meaning we'll have to wait a little longer for a hot-rod CX-5.
However, Mazda understands that it was probably losing some potential sales over the perceived lack of power and has reacted appropriately. The 2014 CX-5 will now offer an optional 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine - basically an enlarged version of the 2.0-litre - in mid- and top-level trims.
With 184 horsepower and more importantly 185 lb-ft of torque, the bigger engine should make the CX-5 more attractive to customers. It will only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission is GS and GT models in either front- or all-wheel drive. The bigger engine uses a little more fuel than the 2.0-litre (8.3 city/6.2 highway L/100 km vs. 7.7/6.1) but with a slightly bigger fuel tank (58L vs. 56) Mazda expects any CX-5 to have an ideal maximum range of 900 km.
One piece of new technology debuting on the 2014 is the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which Mazda says works to avoid a head-on collision when driving between five- and 30 km/h. It uses a windshield-mounted laser to detect potential problems and preps the brakes in anticipation of the driver taking corrective measures.
The best part? The 2014 CX-5 will be on sale at Canadian Mazda dealers in January 2013.