CX-5's engines have been modified to allow free-revving
Launched in 2012 the Mazda CX-5 has under gone a number of revisions for 2013.
Mazda CX-5 specified with the SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission will now have a kickdown switch, to help prevent unwanted downshifts or initiate faster ones when more torque is desired. The CX-5’s engines have been modified to allow free-revving due to an enhanced power train control module. The rev counters have been updated accordingly with higher redlines - 5,500rpm for the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 (up from 5,250rpm) and 6,800rpm for the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (up from 6,500rpm).
On the inside there have been some modifications to improve the functionality of the Bluetooth system to encompass the audio system which now includes a voice command feature for music management as well as display and readout capability for email and SMS received via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, where TFT display is fitted. Plus there is a new silver accent for the audio panel button making it easier to locate. On CX-5’s fitted with fabric upholstery there will be more robust vinyl armrests fitted.
Mazda have introduced a number of new paint colours which include Stormy Blue, Meteor Grey and Jet Black. And Mazda are introducing Soul Red which is currently only available on the Mazda6, Soul Red combines two different base coats which according to Mazda gives a deep, intensive red that seems to radiate from within when lit up, in contrast to its blackish appearance where shaded.Published 26 April 2013