GT SP added to CX-5 range for 2021

Mazda Australia has announced updates to its popular CX-5 medium SUV for 2021, headlined by new GT SP models.

“Mazda CX-5 has been our most popular model since 2019, and we are excited to expand the brand’s new SP model line into the CX-5 range with the first-ever GT SP,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“With a range of key updates coming on-stream, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 continues to offer strong appeal for its styling, safety, specification and value in what is the most competitive market segment in this country,” he said.

CX-5 GT SP joins the existing CX-9 and Mazda6 sedan and wagon models in the new SP portfolio.

Following the theme set by the existing SP models, Mazda says CX-5 GT SP offers a unique aesthetic that is strongly sporty.

For the exterior, CX-5 GT SPs gain piano black side mirror covers and black metallic 19-inch alloy wheels, while inside occupants are treated to black interior trim highlights and seats finished in unique-to-SP black Maztex and Grand Luxe Synthetic Suede upholstery with contrasting red stitching.

Mazda’s latest 10.25-inch full-colour widescreen Mazda Connect infotainment system now features on CX-5 GT, GT SP and Akera models.

As with the recently-updated CX-9 flagship, the CX-5’s new infotainment system is faster-loading and provides higher-quality graphics and audio sound quality thanks to the use of digital, rather than analogue, signalling. Maxx, Maxx Sport and Touring variants use an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen MZD display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted as standard across the range.

Boosting the entry-point CX-5 Maxx’s aesthetic is a new 17-inch alloy wheel, replacing the steel wheels previously employed.

Following Mazda’s philosophy of wide customer choice, the updated CX-5 is offered with a range of drivetrains including front- and all-wheel drive, manual and automatic transmissions and petrol and diesel engines. All CX-5 petrol powertrains are designed to run on 91-octane unleaded fuel to minimise running costs.

Available on Maxx and Maxx Sport front-wheel drive is a direct-injected 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, featuring a high 13.0:1 compression ratio to maximise internal efficiency. The powerplant generates 115kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 200Nm at 4,000rpm.

Combined-cycle fuel economy sits at 6.9L/100km for the six-speed manual Maxx as well as the six-speed automatic Maxx and Maxx Sport. Combined CO2 is 160g/km for the manual and 161g/km for the automatic.

Opting for the i-Activ AWD (all-wheel drive) Maxx and Maxx Sport brings the larger 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine. This is also the standard engine for the Touring, GT, GT SP and Akera model grades.

Also featuring a 13.0:1 compression ratio this unit produces 140kW at 6,000rpm and 252Nm at 4,000rpm. This engine is backed exclusively by the six-speed automatic transmission.

Combined-cycle fuel economy is 7.4L/100km while CO2 is 172g/km.

A twin-turbocharged Skyactiv-D diesel engine displacing 2.2 litres is optionally available on Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera models with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This unit generates 140kW at 4,500rpm while peak torque is an impressive 450Nm from only 2,000rpm.

The Skyactiv-D consumes 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle, with 148g/km CO2.

The Skyactiv-G 2.5T turbocharged 2.5-litre petrol engine is available on GT grades and above, exclusively with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This produces 170kW at 5,000rpm with 420Nm available from 2,000rpm.

Fuel consumption for this flagship power unit sits at 8.2L/100km on the combined cycle, with 191g/km CO2.

The updated CX-5 continues its five-star ANCAP safety rating, with a strong list of passive and active safety features fitted as standard across the range.

The new CX-5 range is now available in Australian showrooms nationally.

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