2018 Mazda CX-5: More Efficient, Fun to Drive, and More Spacious?

Mar 30, 2017 11:55 PM EDT | BC Tabotabo

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a beautiful and sporty SUV that tells families they don't need to settle. While there are most SUVs that tend to focus more on its features, the CX-5 does this without compromising its looks.

In a report by Car and Driver, the 2018 CX-5 was already spotted testing with heavy camo last year. It reveals a modest growth spurt showing more cargo space and a new cabin. The CX-5 is one of the automaker's best sellers and it is likely their intention to have it go up against larger SUVs.

The same report stated that Mazda is hard at work on its SkyActiv technology, dubbed SkyActiv 2. The company's CEO, Masamichi Kogai, said in an interview that it will have a more efficient platform and powertrain technology will be introduced soon.

It is likely that with his statement, the 2018 CX-5 will offer improved variants of its current engines. These engines will be 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter SkyActiv 2 engines with six-speed AT on FWD and AWD. Hopefully, it will offer better fuel economy and more horsepower.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will also have a diesel variant that could offer segment-leading fuel economy. It will likely be a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D 2 turbodiesel engine. An insider from Mazda has revealed that the automaker is hard at work at bringing a diesel to the United States. Hopefully, the company will be able to lower its emissions through advanced technology.

In another report by Car List, the Japanese automaker is allegedly preparing to debut a seven-seater variant of the new CX-5. It was already spotted testing. However, it is also believed that this new seven-seater may be a new model altogether called the CX-6. Regardless of whether or not the new CX-5 will be a seven-seater, it will have more space than the previous model.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a car worth waiting for. It will have the same good looks with an even bigger interior and more potential as a family car. Will the seven seater variant push through? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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