The subtle alterations hide front and rear tracks widened by 10mm, and the A-pillars sit 35mm further back than on the existing model. It sits on a modified version of the existing platform, and while the wheelbase remains the same, it’s a longer car by 10mm and sits 15mm lower.
Inside, the all new CX-5 Crossover gets the latest evolution of Mazda’s infotainment system. Its seven-inch display is crisper than before, thanks to a new process that uses optical bonding to join the LCD screen to the touch panel, and the unit now sits high up on top of the fascia.
Other changes up front include a higher-resolution TFT (thin-film-transistor) display in the instrument panel, and the option of a head-up display that can project navigation instructions on to the inside of the windscreen.
Further, passengers in the back seats get a slightly lower hip point, and the option of rear cabin climate control vents and rear USB ports.
Under the skin, Mazda has tweaked the 2.0L/2.5L Skyactiv petrol engines. Modifications to the chassis have increased torsional rigidity by 15.5 per cent, and helped to reduce low-frequency road noise to make conversations about 10 per cent clearer at 60mph.
Other changes include a deeper, richer version of Mazda’s popular Soul Red paint scheme – now called Soul Red Crystal. All St. Maarten CX5s come standard with gorgeous two tone 19" Alloy wheels, LED headlights, auto rain wiping sensors, rear USB ports, Push Button Start, Electronic Parking Brake and a 7" Touchscreen with Rear View Camera. Top Trim Grand Touring models adds premium leather powered memory seats, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, full color digital 'HUD' heads up display projected on the windshield, LED daytime running lights, power lift-gate and a 10 speaker Bose Sound System. For the first time in St. Maarten for any manufacturer, the Grand Touring CX-5 will come iActivsense safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Pedestrian Detection and 'SCBS' Smart City Brake Support. With SCBS, the CX-5 will automatically detect pedestrians or vehicles in front of you with a potential collision, and brake automatically for you which either completely avoids an accident, or dramatically reduces impact depending on the speed you're traveling.