LOS ANGELES -- Mazda will use the upcoming Los Angeles auto show in November to debut an all-new 2017 model of its popular CX-5 crossover, an update that is expected to continue the brand’s recent push towards more premium products.
The stakes will be high for this debut, which is scheduled for Nov. 16: the CX-5 surpassed the Mazda3 as the automaker’s best-selling model with 111,450 sales in 2015 and has never looked back.
The sleeker, more stylish design of the second-generation CX-5 will borrow heavily from the larger CX-9 crossover that went on sale earlier this year, as evidenced by the teaser shot Mazda released today.
No other details were released about the 2017 CX-5, though Mazda isn’t expected to shift significantly from its current powertrain setup, which uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
Mazda does have a turbocharged engine in its pocket that it could offer as a top-trim option on the CX-5. Such a move would echo that of Honda’s latest fifth-generation CR-V crossover, a close competitor of the CX-5 that will go on sale later this year with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine in 75 percent of its trim lines.
The second-gen CX-5 is also expected to have a higher-end interior layout and materials, keeping in line with the brand’s desire to move away from a purveyor of economy-minded small cars like the Mazda3 and towards larger models that bring in more profits and higher rates of owner loyalty.
Mazda sales have declined 7.2 percent through September with 224,267 vehicles sold, thanks to weaker demand for nearly its entire car lineup as well as the CX-9.