Media representatives had the opportunity to get a first impression of the all-new Mazda CX-5 in Tuscan, Florence, Italy. Having presented to the European market at the Geneva Motor Show, the new CX-5 is the next generation of Mazda’s top-selling model in the world.

The compact SUV from Mazda spearheads another new generation of innovative and attractive models. In 2012, the outgoing CX-5 generation launched a remarkable new range of vehicles to Europe featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO styling. Now, the new CX-5 raises the bar for the Mazda line-up’s already extraordinary combination of fuel efficiency, driving fun, award-winning premium looks and top-class safety.

Highlights of the new CX-5 include a quieter, more comfortable and more ergonomic interior with, among other things, a premium class windshield projected head-up display. A product of the company’s human-centered development philosophy, Mazda has advanced the car’s “Jinba-Ittai” intuitiveness for the benefit of all occupants, who like the driver will feel at one with the new CX-5. Meanwhile, a number of advancements such as better seats and cabin insulation, powertrain and suspension tweaks, and G-Vectoring Control (GVC), an innovative software-based system that controls body roll for better handling, heighten ride comfort and safety.

In overall impression, the new CX-5 has a single expression of motion that runs from front to rear, conveying a sense of speed and the car’s physique emphasizes its stance and look of forward momentum. A simple trapezoidal form and increasing both the front and rear track width by 10 mm over the previous model emphasizes a powerful stance. The exterior exudes refined strength, with the sleeker sides and lower roofline underscoring the new CX-5’s solid stance and maturity. The Mazda CX-5 also marks the debut of a new premium color from the Hiroshima-based automakers, Soul Red Crystal, which blends intense depth with unusual translucency.

Production of the new CX-5, which is slated to arrive in Europe in May, began in Japan in December. The new Mazda CX-5 started retailing in Japan from February 2017.  To date, Mazda has sold more than 1.5 million CX-5s. The model currently accounts for some 25% of global sales and has won well over 90 awards so far around the world.

For Malaysia, Bermaz Motor (Mazda Malaysia) has unofficially made third quarter the target for its imminent arrival.