Hot on the heels of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is headed into production.
The first models rolled off the line this week in Japan, where it will go on sale in February before rolling out to global markets. The big news from the recent LA show is that the CX-5 will offer a diesel engine starting in mid-2017. It will be the first diesel Mazda’s ever offered in the states and comes after a lengthy delay as Mazda tweaked it to meet U.S. emissions laws.
Non-diesel lovers can also choose between two gas options: a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engines. Everything is paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Design wise, the 2017 model will arrive with a complete makeover. It’s lower and has a wider front and rear tread. Designers lowered headlamps in a slimmed-up front. Inside cabin choices are white leather, black leather, and black fabric.
Mazda’s original CX-5 went into production in November of 2011. It’s been a hit and Mazda had sold 1.75 million of them as of the of end of October. In all it accounts for about a quarter of Mazda’s annual sales volume.