The company remains quiet about mechanical details, but the reveal is just a few weeks away.
The restyled 2017 Mazda CX-5 will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16. A new teaser image is providing the first, shadowy look at the crossover, and it appears to continue Mazda’s streak of attractive designs.
The major design alterations appear to be mostly at the nose. Rather than the slightly rounded current model, the edge of the nose now forms a sharp angle at the front end. It’s quite similar to the latest CX-9. Even in this dark photo, the more angular styling makes the CUV look quite mean. Towards the back, the rear-most cutline for the second-row door is now vertical and flows upward to a more curvaceous side window, which seems to have chrome trim. The tail is also a little more rounded, and there’s a thinner taillight that wraps around the side.
Inside, Mazda reportedly plans to offer better materials and an array of driver assistance tech. We expect styling in line with the CX-9. The decision fits with the automaker’s desire to take the brand upmarket.
The powertrain options for the 2017 model remain a complete mystery. It’s a safe bet that all-wheel drive remains available, but we don’t know what engines might power the sytem. The addition of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control engine-management software that allows for smoother steering is also a potential upgrade.
Mazda’s announcement repeatedly calls the 2017 CX-5 “all-new,” but previous stories with spy shots of the new model indicate this might be a very thorough refresh. The automaker’s representatives are keeping mum about which one it is. Motor1 will have a team at the show to find out.
For those that prefer their vehicles low and fast, there’s something exciting to anticipate in L.A., too. According to the automaker’s announcement, a new Mazda Prototype race car will make a world premiere at the show.