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First 2017 Mazda CX-5 models touch down in Australia

March 15, 2017

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has officially landed in Australia, literally, with the first examples reaching local shores before its market launch very soon.

Mazda shipped over 50 examples of the new model for launch activities, and will bring over another 1200 ahead of its official on-sale date. The CX-5 is already Australia’s most popular SUV, so it comes as no surprise Mazda is preparing for plenty of off-the-mark sales.

The CX-5 is so popular in Australia that it has posted the highest sales figures of any SUV for the past four years. Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak said:

“Never has Mazda seen such a response from potential buyers wanting information on a new vehicle. Of the almost 100,000 people who have, so far, entered our competition to win a Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, over 33,000 registered their interest in the vehicle, and a staggering 45,000 want to be contacted directly from Mazda once it goes on sale.”

Mazda will be launching five different variant grades of the new CX-5, including adding a Touring variant. There’s also going to be three engines options like the outgoing model, including a 2.0L petrol, 2.5L petrol, and a 2.2L turbo-diesel.

Some of the advanced technologies that have been confirmed include G-Vectoring Control (a first on the CX-5), aimed at improving power delivery smoothness and steering comfort, as well as i-ActiveSense safety assist systems, and i-Activ AWD for some variants.

Prices and finer details on spec ranges will be announced very soon. Stay tuned.

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.