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2017 Mazda CX-5 MPS turbo rendered, good idea?

November 25, 2016

Mazda revealed the new-look, second-generation CX-5 last week, showcasing a sporty new exterior and spruced up interior. But unfortunately for us performance car enthusiasts there is still no MPS-style performance variant.

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Digital artist X-Tomi Design has come up with a mock up of what such a variant could look like. And boy does it fit. Using the CX-5’s sharp new design as a base, X-Tomi has turned up the heat by adding a neat bodykit complete with subtle side skirts.

There’s also a dedicated chin spoiler at the front with a revised lower bumper bar to suit, and some slightly bolsters wheel arches that encompass, what appear to be, dark chrome 20-inch alloy wheels.

As for the propulsion? Well, since the idea of a CX-5 MPS only really exists in our imaginations, the unit that would most likely be used is the new 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder seen in the latest CX-9.

In the CX-9 the engine produces 170kW and 420Nm, which, according to our stopwatch, is good enough for a 0-100km/h time of 7.69 seconds. In the lighter weight CX-5 we’d predict a time of around 6.5-7.0 seconds.

Along with the turbo engine Mazda could fit up some sports brakes and suspension, and give the interior a light makeover by installing some specially-stitched MPS seats and alloy pedals.

For now though we’ll have to make do with the regular variants. This is a bit of a shame we think as an MPS-style variant would likely be very popular, especially since the CX-5 is currently the best-selling SUV in Australia. Mazda hasn’t offered a performance MPS model since the old Mazda6 and Mazda3.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.