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Mazda CX-5 updated for 2023 with new range of trim levels

Mazda expands mild-hybrid tech across the CX-5 range to help reduce emissions

2023 Mazda CX-5

It was only late last year that the Mazda CX-5 was updated for 2022, but Mazda has decided it’s mid-sized SUV needs another tweak for the 2023 model year. Alongside a new trim level lineup comes the introduction of Mazda’s ‘M Hybrid’ powertrain across the range. 

The new CX-5 is available to order now, with Mazda expecting first customer deliveries in March next year. As before there are five different trim options, this time made up of entry-level Centre-Line, Newground, Exclusive-Line, Homura and top-spec Takumi.

Making up around 25 per cent of Mazda’s UK sales, the CX-5 sits as a rival to the likes of the SEAT Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and Honda CR-V. The mid-life refresh launched in January 2022 added new front and rear bumpers, updated headlights and tail lights, plus suspension and seat tweaks aimed at improving comfort and reducing road noise. 

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The facelift of the second-generation CX-5 also comes with Mazda’s new Mi-Drive system, which is a series of selectable drivetrain modes that adjust the car’s characteristics to suit the road surface. There’s a new Off-Road mode as part of the update, which Mazda says makes driving “feel more natural on unmade and slippery surfaces”, such as gravel. Every petrol-powered CX-5 now comes with 24V mild-hybrid technology and cylinder deactivation on the 163bhp petrol versions with automatic gearboxes. Mazda says this has reduced average CO2 emissions across the range by 9g/km. 

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As for the 2023 round of updates, the new CX-5 kicks off with Centre-Line trim. This comes with either the 163bhp e-Skyactiv G petrol engine or 148bhp Skyactiv-D diesel unit. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are standard, while the front USB ports are now changed to USB-C. Above that sits the Newground model, adding silver exterior accents, lime green sections in the grille, black door mirrors and 19-inch diamond-cut alloys. The boot features a reversible waterproof boot floor.

Mazda expects the mid-range Exclusive-Line to be the biggest-selling CX-5 in the UK and it comes with a choice of 163bhp e-Skyactiv G petrol or 148bhp and 181bhp Skyactiv-D diesel powertrains. The more powerful diesel comes with the option of front or four-wheel drive. Homura trim is above, coming only with the 163bhp petrol engine, it’s pitched as a sportier offering with gloss black wheel arches, side mouldings and door mirrors. There are red accents in the grille and on the seats, plus 19-inch black alloy wheels. 

Takumi replaces GT Sport as the highest specification of CX-5 and features brown Nappa leather for the interior coupled with wood detailing. The exterior utilises the main body colour for all trims for a “unified one-colour to highlight the CX-5’s dynamic proportions”.  The Takumi also comes with the 2.0-litre 163bhp petrol engine with front wheel drive and 191bhp 2.5-litre petrol with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. There’s also the option of the 181bhp diesel with all-wheel drive.

Find out how we got on with a Mazda CX-5 diesel model in our long-term test review...

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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