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Mazda CX-5 range adds feature-rich Akera superhatch for 2022

2022 MAZDA AKERA. Image: Supplied

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Mazda’s CX-5 SUV that generates about 30% of the automaker’s global sales, has been given what its management says is ”a significant worldwide update” that started towards the end of 2021.

It’s now reached South Africa.

The first-generation Mazda CX-5 appeared way back in 2011 followed by a full model relaunch in 2017 – between them they scored more than three-million sales and, Mazda says, the hearts of many customers”.

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”This 2022 major update,” Mazda SA told The Corner, ”includes an evolution of the brands long-running and award-winning KODO design that has brought revised front and rear bumpers, new head- and tail-light clusters, design modifications, and what the company calls ”improvements to design, dynamic performance, utility and convenience elements”.

There’s also general appearance and driving-experience benefits.

This is the branding of the new versions: CX-5 Active, CX-5 Active a/t, CX-5 Dynamic a/t, CX-5 Carbon Edition a/t, CX-5 Individual a/t, CX-5 Akera a/t.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

”REFRESHED EXTERIOR redesign,” Mazda says, ”focussed on each extremity to create a distinguished and elegant appearance with character lines minimised in favour of reflective body surfaces and an elegant appearance.

2022 MAZDA AKERA. Image: Supplied

”The nose has a new bumper and wings that now extend out from the grille – another unit  updated to seem three-dimensional; the rear has a revised bumper and liftgate. Head- and tail-lights receive significant design with with horizontally-spaced rectangular illumination.”

Self-levelling headlights now have 20-segment diode arrays and the road wheels, still alloy, have changed.

PELVIC SUPPORT

AMENDED SEATING has introduced greater skull support in all four directions and .re-optimised support on the pelvis has, Mazda says, ”created a more natural and comfortable seated posture”.

DRIVING DYNAMICS AND COMFORT

THE 2022 CX-5 employs the latest SkyActive architecture, as introduced on the current Mazda 3, to improve dynamic performance that minimise long-distance drivng fatigue..

Further updates to driving dynamics, ride comfort, and quality include better damping control through greater frame rigidity further suppressing vibration and road noise.

”The quieter cabin and greater ride comfort,” Mazda says, ”will cause drivers to feel more connected to an enjoyable driving experience.”

…AND SO TO THE BODY COLOURS

ZIRCON SAND METALLIC, Mazda says, is a new body-colour intended to create a three-dimensional look and is a new paint colour ”that will harmonise with its natural surrounds yet have a hard-wearing, utilitarian, look.”‘

2022 MAZDA AKERA. Image: Suppied

10 colours will be available: the already mentioned Sand, Red Crystal, White, while pearl, silver, two shades of grey, two shades of blue, and black.

WHAT ABOUT LUGGAGE AND SHOPPING BAGS?

Well, it’s volume has increased by eliminating the height difference between floor area gtail door sill. ”This flat entrance makes loading and unloading of heavy goods far easier and also clears an even wider flat space with the rear seatback down..”

BUTR WAIT, THERE’S ALSO A SPECIAL…MAZDA CX-5 AKERA

THE FLAGSHIP CX-5 Akera model is the most-amended model to attract, the automaker hopes, buyers seeking a distinctive, fun-to-drive, vehicle through its interpretation of sportier – and with   gloss-black detailing on bumper, wheelarches, side mouldings, external mirrors, and dual exhaust pipes.

MAZDA AKERA.Image: Supplied

An even larger tail-pipe, red touches on the grille, and19″‘ black alloy wheel rims ”finish the sporty look”. Black leather, red-stitched, seat upholstery, and similarly highlighted armrests, steering-wheel, gear-shifter, console lid and knee pads.

MAZDA CARE

THE UPDATED Mazda CX-5 will be delivered with a three-year, unlimited km, service plan, three-year unlimited km warranty, and three years of roadside assistance.

MODEL RANGE AND SPECIFICATIONS

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Active manual/a/t FWD: 121kW@6000rpm, 213Nm@4000rpm, auto self-levelling headlights, push-button start, heatable power-folding external mirrors, rear spoiler, auto wipers, multifunction leather-wrapped steering-wheel, cruise control, push-button ignition, aircon, 
leather-wrapped shifter, aircon, dual-zone aircon, trip data computer, power windows,

READ MORE Mazda features on Carmans Corner

More stuff includes autodim mirror, electric ‘handbrake’, folding/reclining rear seat with charge points, 20cm info screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, USB ports, CD player.
USB connectivity ports: 2 Ports, heck, I’ll just copy/paste the rest…. Bluetooth, hands-free, CD Player, collision bags (driver, passenger, rear currains, ABS, stability control, hill0hold, anti-theft alarm/immobiliser, remote lock/unlock, 17″ alloy wheel rims, reversing camera, keyless entry

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Dynamic Auto FWD adds: Black Leather, eight-way driver seat adjustment

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Carbon Edition Auto FWD: In addition to the features in the Dynamic, the Carbon Edition model has 19″ black alloy wheel rims, black faux leather upholstery, BOSE sound, power-adjustable front seats with, memories, parking radar, lane-keeping, satnav.

Mazda CX-5 2.5L Individual Auto AWD: Carbon Edition added,143kW/258Nm, black leather, 360⁰ monitor, sunroof, al-wheel drive.

Mazda CX-5 2.2L DE Akera a/t AWD: 140kW@4500rpm, 450Nm@2000rpm. Model adds Sport package, red stitching, larger tailpipe, overhead console.

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