Saddened by the impending demise of the Subaru Forester Turbo? Fear not as there's a new turbo crossover on the way, and it's not by the brand from Gunma. If you want a high performance turbocharged crossover from a mainstream manufacturer, you'll have to turn to Mazda for practical thrills.
Mazda has facelifted the CX-5 and with it, the introduction of the 2.5-liter turbo from its big brother, the CX-9. With that, the boosted CX-5 now inherits the Forester Turbo's title as the most powerful in its class.
Stats? It makes 230 PS and 420 Nm of torque, meaning it's a slightly de-tuned version of the one found in the CX-9. However, its smaller size and lighter weight should make it a bit more athletic that its larger stablemate. There are no acceleration numbers just yet but given that the CX-9 showed impressive performance, the CX-5 2.5T should be quick off the line too.
The figures also show that it's 10 PS down from the much beloved (and soon to be discontinued) Forester Turbo. But the CX-5 2.5T more than makes up for it in torque, which has a 70 Nm advantage over the Subaru. The lone transmission choice is a six-speed automatic transmission and Mazda says, despite turbocharging, the CX-5 2.5T can run on regular gas.
Aside from the new turbocharged mill which replaces the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, the engine lineup is largely carried over from the current model. These engines are the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G with 155 PS and the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D with 175 PS. Diesel models can now be paired with a six-speed manual, but only in Japan for now. Also, all models now benefit from G-Vectoring Control Plus.
As for the rest of the car, there are no major changes to the exterior, says Mazda. The only change they did to the car was a new paint finish to the 17-inch wheels. There are, however, some updates to the cabin. There's a new climate control panel while some switches and dials have also been redesigned. Technology gets an upgrade too with the infotainment system now packing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.