Blowhard Mazda ready to bend ears

Riley Riley

Remember the turbocharged Mazda CX-7.

The one you could hear coming if you put your ear to the ground.

Well, its replacement the CX-5 is now getting a turbocharged petrol engine too.

Boasting 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque, the 2.5-litre force-fed four is the same unit that has already seen duty under the bonnet of the Mazda6 and CX-9.

Powerful, efficient and needing only standard 91 grade petrol, the 2.5T has one of the highest compression ratios of any four-cylinder turbocharged engine, at 10.5:1 — achieved through a series of innovative SKYACTIV technologies.

These include an oil pump with continuously variable displacement, multi-hole injectors, Mazda’s Dynamic Pressure Turbo and cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) — all working to maximise combustion efficiency and minimise energy losses.

Mazda CX-5 also introduces G-Vectoring Plus (GVC Plus), that enhances vehicle stability for a more assured ride, using the brakes to add direct yaw moment control.

What’s this mean?

As the driver exits a corner and the steering wheel to the centre position, GVC Plus applies light braking to the outer wheels, providing a stabilising movement that helps restore the vehicle to a straight line.

Suspension refinements contribute to a more premium ride feel.

Mazda has also tweaked the dampers and stabilisers, greatly enhancing ease of control during low G-force manoeuvres, and smoothness and stability during high G-force manoeuvres.

The result is a smoother, superior ride that produces more linear damping forces, even with subtle inputs from the road, while reducing bounce caused by large bumps.

“The addition of the celebrated 2.5T engine not only gives breadth of choice to the much-loved Mazda CX-5 line-up, but it further extends the appeal and diversity of our SUV offering in Australia,” Mazda Australia boss, Vinesh Bhindi, said.

The 2.5-litre turbo engine will be available with the GT and top of the line Akera models, priced from $46,970 plus on-roads –both models with a 6-speed auto only.

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