The 2022 Mazda CX-5 made its debut days ago in China when images of the local version were released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as part of the process to homologation of the crossover. Its North American cousin is officially revealed today with essentially the same evolutionary design changes, which are not easily noticeable at first glance.
Take a closer look and you’ll see that each group of headlights and taillights now accommodates a pair of rectangular LED lights to give Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in North America a sharper look. The designers of Zoom-Zoom also tweaked the front grille giving it a sophisticated 3D-like texture to replace the mesh design of the 2021 CX-5.
Gone is the Grand Touring Reserve model because it will be replaced for 2022 by the new 2.5 Turbo model. Mazda claims that the versions equipped with a turbocharged engine feature additional styling revisions to separate them from the naturally aspirated CX-5s. There are glossy black trim on the exterior as well as red accents and stitching for the cabin.
Upgrading to the 2.5 Turbo Signature brings a sleeker design with body-colored wheel arches and shiny silver-finish alloy rims. Inside, Mazda installed chic materials, including real wood grain and nappa leather, to elevate the CX-5’s luxury SUV status. There is also a new drive selector dubbed Mi-Drive, as well as redesigned seats that are supposed to offer greater comfort.
There are more changes than meets the eye as the 2022 CX-5 benefits from a more responsive six-speed automatic transmission providing smoother acceleration. Not only that, but the compact SUV now has a different suspension to better smooth out vibrations and reduce road noise thanks to a new damping control structure and greater frame stiffness.
Another important update is all-wheel drive as standard across the range. In fact, Mazda will offer all-wheel drive as standard equipment on all CX models in the future. From the CX-30 subcompact to the mid-size CX-9, every SUV sold by the company in North America will be equipped with an all-in-one system, even in the entry-level version.
It’s worth noting that Mazda has already confirmed that the next-gen CX-5 will be an entirely different vehicle by switching to a new rear-wheel-drive platform with six inline engines. It is not known when the new model will be unveiled, but it will take some time to reach the US market given that the current model has just been updated.