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Updated Mazda CX-5 off-roader launched

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Mazda has updated its popular CX-5 off-roader, with upgrades to specification levels and the addition of new safety technology.

The new CX-5, which goes on sale in spring, will also feature plusher interior trim and tweaked styling, inside and out, for a more upmarket look. Now featuring as standard on all CX-5s are front passenger seat height adjustment, an electronic parking brake, a ‘coming home’ function for the lights, which keeps them on until you’ve made it to your front door, plus an upgraded media system.

Also new is a seven-inch touchscreen media system that incorporates a digital radio, two USB ports and ‘MZD Connect’, which lets you pair a smartphone with the car so you can use the internet and access social media services. Range-topping Sport Nav models gain 19-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights too while Sport Nav trim includes a new integrated sat nav system with three years’ worth of free map updates.

SE-L Lux and Sport Nav models can now be specified with beige leather upholstery while Sport Nav cars can optionally be fitted with radar-guided cruise control, which maintains a safe distance behind the car in front. Other sophisticated safety kit includes lane keep assist, driver attention alert and blind spot monitoring systems, which warn you of vehicles approaching from behind. ‘Rear smart city brake support’ can even automatically stop the car if it senses that you are about to hit something when reversing.

Two-wheel drive 2.0-litre petrol and two and four-wheel drive 2.2-litre diesel motors are available, with the choice of manual and automatic gearboxes on the diesel. Trim levels start with SE-L and rise to SE-L Lux and Sport Nav. The updated Mazda CX-5 range will go on sale in the UK in spring, with prices ranging from £22,295 to £30,595.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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