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04 Jun 2012 | Text by Nicholas Low, Photos by Julian Kho & Nicholas Low
Sky is the limit
Combining for the first time Mazda's Soul of Motion design language and SkyActiv technologies, the CX-5 promises to be the gem of its lineup.
Yet, these words appeared in Mazda's latest CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) brochure. The CX-5 is also its first offering to feature SkyActiv technology with its Soul of Motion (KODO) styling cues.
In the name of better driving dynamics, SkyActiv combines its latest efficiency-optimised powertrain, with lightweight chassis construction. The soft off-roader (local CX-5 variants are FWD) also features a fully revised suspension system
Like its sedan stablemates, the CX-5 took on a smart, modernised design. Crisp styling lines flank each side of the bonnet, running through the body and sides, hints at the undertaking of the firm's latest crafting language - Soul of Motion. Up front, the CX-5 still bears the family-signature grille, and headlamps resembling those found on its stablemates.
The rear hatch is more acutely shaped, with a distinctive lip running between the lamps - a pleasant departure from the more chubby-looking SUV brother.
In luxury guise, the CX-5 packs 19-inch alloys (the lesser trim receives 17-inch), as well as a sun-roof. Headlamps with HID function, as well as fog-lamps (as much as they are less of a necessity on our local shores) come standard in the luxury package too.
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4-cylinders in-line 16-valves DOHC SkyActiv
153 bhp / 6000 rpm
200 Nm / 4000 rpm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)