By on October 11, 2018

2017 Mazda CX-5 Front Quarter

According to California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification documents, the Japanese won’t be the only ones enjoying the gutsy turbo 2.5-liter that just landed in that country’s CX-5 crossover. The hotter inline-four would be just the thing to bring additional customers to Mazda’s best-selling model, and it seems the automaker’s U.S. arm has done the groundwork for a potential launch.

Getting the kids to daycare faster is nice, but the changes coming to Japan’s CX-5 aren’t solely about horsepower.

Of course, it’s still worth touching on. The Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine is already available in the U.S.-market CX-9 and as an upgrade in the Mazda 6, but this is the first application of the engine in Japan. Odd that they’re getting it first. From its well-aspirated innards comes 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque — a very healthy upgrade from the current 2.0-liter CX-5’s 156 hp and 150 lb-ft, as well as the 2.5-liter’s 187 hp and 186 lb-ft.

The CX-5 is universally regarded as the practical, mass-market crossover to own if you’re at all a driving aficionado. Mazda’s compact CUV earns high marks for its handling and looks, but not that many accolades for its power.

With the updates coming to Japan’s CX-5, Mazda covers both bases. In addition to the new engine, the automaker has added an upgraded torque vectoring system named G-Vectoring Control Plus. Besides tinkering with the torque sent to each wheel, GVC Plus adds braking to the stability system’s functions.

From Mazda:

GVC Plus uses the brakes to add direct yaw moment control for further enhanced handling stability. As the driver steers out of a corner by returning the steering wheel to the center position, GVC Plus applies a light braking force to the outer wheels, providing a stabilizing moment that helps restore the vehicle to straight line running. The system realizes consistently smooth transitions between yaw, roll and pitch even under high cornering forces, improving the vehicle’s ability to accurately track sudden steering inputs and crisply exit corners

To say the CX-5 is Mazda’s most important vehicle would be an understatement. In the U.S., sales of the CX-5 are more than double that of the next best-selling model (the 3 sedan and hatch). Over the first nine months of 2018, the CUV’s volume rose 26.1 percent, outselling the other model by 65,432 units.

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25 Comments on “Turbocharged 2.5-liter Appears in Japanese-market Mazda CX-5...”

  • avatar

    It’s about time Mazda put some power in the CX-5. This engine will put the CX-5 squarely on my short “next car” list

    • 0 avatar

      I was VERY impressed with how quiet and refined my rental CX5 was, felt like something more expensive and European (mine was fairly loaded up), but the one element that fell short was adequate “umph” from the motor. This should address that nicely.

      • 0 avatar

        The 2017 CX-5 gained 141 lbs of sou d deadening to 3,700 in the Grand Touring. Figure an even more relaxing ride when it goes to 3,900 lbs with turbo-4 as the Mazda6 2.5t gained about 200 lbs over non-turbo.

    • 0 avatar

      “It’s about time Mazda put some power in the CX-5.”

      So a little ZOOM ZOOM

      seems weird they’re not changing the hp/torque for each application. can understand 250hp/310lb for a cx9 but a mazda6 would probably be better suited with 285hp/275lb and a cx5 with 270hp/290lb. Granted torque is probably already limited in 1st gear.

  • avatar

    The CX-9 does 0-60 in 7 seconds with the 2.5T. Depending on trim, it weighs about 4,200-4,400lbs.

    Trim-for-trim, the CX-5 with the current 2.5L NA is about 700lbs lighter. Let’s say 600lbs lighter when equipped with the 2.5T.

    The only thing that would prevent a 2.5T CX-5 from being a riot is taller transmission gearing.

  • avatar

    It appears that the Turbo 2.5 may get here ahead of the diesel 2.2 in the CX5.

  • avatar

    Mazda, just put this engine in the 3-hatchback already!!!

    • 0 avatar

      Doesn’t matter. They don’t want to pair it with manual. Whats the point? Its like plate of spaghetti and no fork

      • 0 avatar
        R Henry

        The manual transaxle Mazda engineered for the 2.5na apparently is not robust enough for the turbo…and would require re-engineering. Probably insufficient projected market to justify the expenditure.

      • 0 avatar

        When you get close to 400 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged car it is like eating filet mignon with just a knife, stick it in and pick it up to eat it. No need for extra utensils that get in the way.

        With that much low rpm torque you wont need to shift gears, pick one and hold it.

        • 0 avatar

          One buddy just picked up new Encore and took it to OctoTune Haus aftermarket tuner.

          It now has Serial Torque Vectoring AWD with line lock, and is making 743 Horsepower at the crank and 757-pound feet of torque running on 93 octane. Gets 62 mpg city/81 mpg highway, too.

          Another friend custom ordered Bruick Envision and is going to pick it up on “Factory Delivery Tour” @ GM Dong Yue Foundry, Yantai, Shandong, and take it to have Alaskan Husky leather interior installed with teak and rosewood inserts.

          It has had upgraded NVH package and registers 21 decibels at 130 mph while able to do quarter mile in 9.3 seconds.

          From tnere, he’s taking it to Germany, for a full performance suspension tune and installation of racing-spec shocks, dampers, sway bars, a titanium cross member and sway bars, new bushings, and 14 inch Brembo brakes upfront and 13.2″ Brembos in the rear, and hopes to run the Nürburgring
          in under 7 minutes 14’seconds.

    • 0 avatar
      R Henry

      Don’t get to excited about a Speed3. The 2.5T is torquey powerplant, but it does NOT like to rev. Think of it as a VAG turbo diesel…such thinking will give you a better appreciation for it. It is NOT a high performance engine, more truckish.

  • avatar

    With this engine Lexus NX is no longer needed

  • avatar

    Hell, put this engine in the CX-3 and the 3 hatchback!

  • avatar

    There is no lack of power with the 2.2 Turbo Diesel – which is not available in all markets. We (living in Thailand) drive the CX-5 Diesel versions since it’s introduction. It is the car with most power in the market – far more powerful than the Honda CR-V. European brands are also available – but they are twice as expensive because of the import taxes and fees. But I will probably change to the new 2.5 l Turbo – depending on price, features and fuel economy.

  • avatar

    I used to be a manuals-only guy. After two Evo SST’s and a WRX auto I’m done with manuals. Even the M2 I drove this week would have been more fun with a dual-clutch auto.

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