Mazda plans to add more model to its portfolio. One of them could be the CX-7 crossover SUV. We already analyzed the possibilities of its comeback and the review is HERE. Still, the company keeps tabs on the flagship CX-5 model, which expects another update. After two years fans saw the facelift. After another 2-year period, we will see the 2021 Mazda CX-5 redesign.
Changes on the new compact crossover will improve sales. The success of the market of the previous editions made Mazda making more vehicles. Now, the lineup is way larger and other comebacks are on the way. It won’t stop the carmaker from redesigning the CX-5. Rumors about possible changes are louder, but the company is not making anything official yet.
Main updates could happen under the hood. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will probably get the hybrid version, and the diesel for the USA is not written off. The most recent additions for 2019 season also upgraded the engine lineup, with the new turbo engine now available besides the naturally-aspirated four-banger.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Rumors – Hybrid and Diesel Drivetrains
The most realistic speculations about the 2021 Mazda CX-5 are informing about the new powertrains. The compact crossover already offers a pair of the four-cylinder unit with the power range between 190-250 hp. There are the naturally-aspirated engine and the turbocharged unit available for choice.
The new CX-5 could carry over a diesel engine available for European customers. That is a 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel drivetrain returns 150 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The US version will tune this unit to decrease emissions and improve efficiency. Currently, crossovers with such engine return 48 mpg combined. So, this is quite a good reason why Mazda USA should consider this unit.
On the other hand, the company could try to boost efficiency with the hybrid setup. At this moment, the article on the NIKKEI says the carmaker will bring the first diesel hybrid unit. But, the US market is more demanding and regulations are strict, so we believe that engineers will have to provide a gasoline-based version. The first mild-hybrid unit arrived as the CX-30 entered the market. A system for a larger crossover will need more power, so we expect the company to build such configuration on a 2.5-liter unit.
The crossover will go through a big update soon and we believe it is happening with the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Well, the latest generation arrived in 2017 and already in 2019, we saw the first update. In the compact class, the changes are the most frequent and Mazda wants to keep up the pace with the competition. The carmaker is still not in the same league as the class-leading Japanese companies Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. So, CR-V, Rogue, and Rav4 are no true rivals. Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, and Subaru Forester achieved similar sales as the CX-5 in 2018.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Specs (2.5 and Turbo Model)
When you purchase the 2021 Mazda CX-5, the 2.5-liter engine with 190 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque is under the bonnet. A six-speed automatic transmission distributes power to the front axle by default. We recommend an all-wheel drive as one of the best upgrades available for the CX-5. The naturally-aspirated unit also returns a respectable 28 miles per gallon, making the offer more interesting.
If you are looking or the more power, the Japanese carmaker will offer a turbocharged four-banger, with the capability to deliver 250 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twisting power. However, this is not the only upgrade required for such configuration, since the engine is available on top-tier trim levels, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. On the other hand, the engine sends power to all wheels, and the setup needs 7 seconds to reach 60 mph.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
The new 2021 Mazda CX-5 will arrive in the second half of 2020. The model for the next season will be mostly unchanged, and the release date will depend on other arrivals by the Japanese carmaker. The base price will remain the same, while the possible upgrades (diesel and hybrid) will bring a tag with a higher price. Three trim levels are available with the standard engine and the base cost is $26,000. For the least expensive model with turbo unit (Grand Touring Reserve), you need to spend at least $35,000.
The facelift for the 2019 season didn’t bring expected results. In the first two quarters, Mazda managed to sell slightly fewer units than in the same period in 2018. The redesign is going to bring new things to the marker and fix all issues drivers of the CX-5 are pointing to. For example, the crossover is not available with the manual gearbox. Also, the room in the second row is tiny for taller passengers. Still, the CX-5 offers plenty of premium features and extra drivetrain options will definitely increase the demand for the compact crossover.