Mazda in Japan has introduced an updated version of the CX-5 that Eu Jin reviewed almost a year back with plenty of interesting updates, but they’re primarily “beneath the surface”.

The highlight of which is a new 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G turbocharged petrol engine making 230 hp and the same amount of torque as the 2.2-litre diesel model at 420 Nm. It’s the first model in Japan to be offered with the engine.

Transmission options are limited to the 6-speed automatic transmission, with an option for front or all-wheel drive. What’s really interesting is the fact that Mazda even bothered to offer a 6-speed manual transmission for the diesel variants. The new GVC Plus system is another addition to the updated model.

The Advanced Smart City Braking Support (SCBS) system now features an additional nighttime pedestrian detection function, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are now available along with additional tweeters to the sound system. Climate control switches have also been redesigned.

For the more “extra” owners, there’s an Exclusive Mode model that’s equipped with 19-inch alloys, much like the ones you see on the gigantic CX-9 Eu Jin reviewed a few months back. Inside, the Exclusive Mode is furnished with Deep Red Nappa leather, real woodgrain trims, a frameless rear-view mirror and a 7-inch TFT LCD instrument display.


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Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.