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Mazda unveils retooled CX-5

Popular SUV's first full redesign since 2012 debut

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai in front of the fully remodeled CX-5.

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor held a coming out party Thursday for a fully remodeled version of the CX-5, its popular compact crossover SUV that in 2015 accounted for a quarter of the Japanese automaker's sales.

The 2017 CX-5 will be Mazda's first full-model change of the SUV since its debut in 2012. The company plans to release the car in February in Japan and later in other markets, aiming for global sales of 400,000 units a year.

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said the new CX-5 represents a step up in terms of comfort, quiet and safety, and will steer Mazda onto a growth path.

The new CX-5 features a vehicle motion-control technology that adjusts engine torque in response to steering input, and a cruise-control system that can follow the vehicle in front on freeways even during bumper-to-bumper traffic.

In addition to electronic engine-control features like these, the vehicle also comes with luxurious-feeling interior materials, better seat cushioning and an exterior design that retains Mazda's "soul of motion" design language. This comes packaged in a more sporty look, including an elongated front and slimmer headlights.

The new iteration will come in gasoline and diesel versions. The engines are the same as ones used in the current model of the CX-5, but tweaks to such things as fuel combustion timing give the car better acceleration and responsiveness.

(Nikkei)

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