Sunday, June 19, 2022

Mazda Philippines Unveils Its Most Powerful CX-5 to Date || Monchster Chronicles

The most powerful Mazda CX-5 since the model was introduced in 2012

Mazda Philippines unleashes the full potential of its premium compact sport crossover lineup with the introduction of the highly sought-after Skyactiv-G 2.5-Liter Turbo engine in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 model range. 

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 All-Wheel Drive Turbo highlights improved power and dynamic performance with its new 253 PS and 434 Nm turbocharged engine. It also features a wide range of new exterior and interior design elements for a more refined driving experience, as well as enhanced comfort and convenience.

By incorporating structural and design improvements derived from Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture applications in the Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-30, as well as by adopting Human-Centric Design technology to improve comfort, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 promises to achieve higher levels of riding quality and dynamism by minimizing fatigue in every journey.

Aside from a boost in performance and enriched comfort, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 also introduces i-Activsense safety technologies to provide a more intuitive driving experience, improve driver awareness and reduce the occurrence of incidents on and off the road.

“Ever since its introduction in the Mazda CX-9, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine has been the centerpiece of Mazda engineering,” shares Steven Tan, president and CEO of Mazda Philippines. 

“This engine represents the pinnacle of power and efficiency for Skyactiv engine technology as it provides smooth, effortless acceleration while being mindful of fuel consumption. With the arrival of the 2022 Mazda CX-5, we took this opportunity to also introduce this engine in the CX-5 range to create a new, more exhilarating experience for our clientele. We trust our customers, who have always come to expect true premium levels of design, build quality, and performance will discover renewed driving fulfillment and profound satisfaction with the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo.”

An evolution of perfection

In 2012, the original Mazda CX-5 was the first model to incorporate both Skyactiv Technology and Kodo: Soul of Motion design philosophy in the Mazda lineup. Ten years on and 3 million units sold later, Mazda’s best-selling model once again introduces a new interpretation of the rich dynamism and emotional appeal of Kodo with the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo.

With a new three-dimensional grille and a more robust yet elegant signature wing design, the new CX-5 introduces itself with newfound confidence and courage. The impression of a floating front end creates a sense of depth that echoes the passion imbued in the new design.

Further evolution of Kodo design in the front and rear bumpers showcases the “less is more” Japanese aesthetic. By simplifying bumper design elements to resemble a sculpted form, the new CX-5 lines itself handsomely with the award-winning finish of the Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-30.

To complement the new fascia, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo also introduces a new headlamp and taillamp design. Thinner, more purposeful, and sleek, the new headlamp houses LED technology for maximum vision at night. Together with the effective Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) with Auto Leveling and High Beam Control, safer journeys at night or in low-light situations will be realized. To reinforce its new signature look, the new CX-5’s quad-LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and LED tail light design all come together to project a wider and sportier stance on the road. 

To fortify its solid, one-piece presence, the new CX-5’s claddings have all been painted the same shade as the body. With the introduction of new emotive colors such as Zircon Sand Metallic and Polymetal Gray to the already extensive color palette of the Mazda CX-5 range, customers will be able to choose a hue that best represents their varied personalities. 

Along with the newly designed 19-inch wheels finished in Bright Silver, the Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo transforms into an eye-catching singular form of art that reflects light and shadow with more vigor and vitality.

Redefining comfort with every ride

The Mazda CX-5 has always been synonymous with driving comfort and composure. For 2022, the new CX-5 will showcase a revised seat design to further elevate the quality and standard of driving pleasure. 

Using data from Human-Centric Development studies done on the Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-30, the new seats of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo allow the driver and passengers to achieve self-balance with ease. The optimized seat shape conforms to the body’s form and encourages the spine to preserve an S-shaped curve. The result is less forward, backward, and sideways head movement making it easier for drivers to maintain a stable line of sight and for passengers to sit in relaxed comfort all throughout the drive.

Advances in Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture have also come to play in the improved refinement of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo. A reinforced body frame using damping adhesives lessens the intrusion of sound and vibrations. Increased rigidity in the seat frame mounts likewise reduces the need for occupants to manually keep their balance, while re-tuned spring and damper characteristics in the suspension also help mitigate the occupants’ discomfort and relieve them of physical burden when driving over bumpy roads.

Complementing all these developments is the more distinctive cabin quietness achieved through reduced noise intrusion and resonance control. The resulting level of refinement takes the CX-5 driving experience to a higher level than ever for an even more natural and intuitive feel on and off the road.

A reflection of character

Every Mazda CX-5 interior is rich in details. Built to extremely high levels of quality and precision, the CX-5 cabin represents a true premium finish that is a class above.

CX-5 cabin represents a true premium finish that is a class above

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo takes this experience even higher with its Deep Red Nappa Leather seats. Reinforcing the power and dynamism of the turbocharged mill under the hood, the new seat finish energizes the passion for driving that the engine unleashes. 

Nappa Leather seats

Satin chrome accents now line all control surfaces, including the window and door lock panels for an even more elegant finish, while a frameless rearview mirror tidies up the front view with its simplified presence. And to further emphasize this newfound elegance in the new CX-5, the roof and pillar trims are finished in black to create an even more formal finish to the interiors.

To achieve a truly engaging drive, paddle shifters are now also standard in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo. The windshield projected Active Driving Display, an innovation implemented by Mazda in the CX-5 back in 2017, continues to provide essential driving data to the driver.

The sporty crossover potential of the new CX-5 is finally realized with these newfound connections and design enhancements between driver and car. 

Elevated functionality and convenience 

A true measure of any crossover is its ease of use in the real world. The new CX-5 adopts improvements that not only make driving more pleasurable, but also enhance the passenger riding experience.

To make one’s mobile device interact seamlessly with the CX-5’s 8-inch  Mazda Connect system, wireless Apple CarPlay along with wireless phone charging come standard in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo. Along with Android Auto connectivity, display and control of the mobile phone’s essential applications such as messaging, music, and call functions is achieved with ease. USB ports front and back are likewise on hand to ensure mobile devices are charged and connected.

10-speaker BOSEⓇ Premium Sound System

The new CX-5 continues with established features that set it apart from other crossovers. The 10-speaker BOSEⓇ Premium Sound System plays every drive’s soundtrack with high fidelity, while a sunroof brightens up the cabin and allows fresh air to permeate the CX-5’s living space. Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear ventilation louvers create a comfortable interior for long and short journeys, and power seats with 10-way and 6-way adjustment along with seat ventilation up front ensure enhanced comfort for both driver and passenger.

A new 40-20-40 split arrangement for the rear seatbacks allows long objects to be stored along the length of the CX-5 while maximizing seating options for passengers. A raised cargo level with a dividing floor opens up possibilities for various loading configurations, while a power tailgate makes it more convenient for one to open and access this area for ease of loading.

Smooth power at your command

The highly regarded Skyactiv-G 2.5-Liter Turbocharged engine of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is an engineering marvel. It represents Mazda’s aspirations to deliver customer value with real-world performance measured in usable low-end acceleration, and not stratospheric horsepower figures.

Wards 10 Best Engines awardee, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T

As a Wards 10 Best Engines awardee, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T outlines efficiency and everyday smooth control and power delivery to make driving more enjoyable without the penalty of massive fuel consumption and engine weight. Combined with the proven Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic, the engine uplifts the new CX-5’s driving experience to even greater heights.

Featuring Mazda’s very own Dynamic Pressure Turbo which uses a butterfly valve in the engine’s exhaust to create more pressure through a smaller chamber at low RPMs, drivers can count on 434 Newton-meters of instantaneous torque even in stop-and-go traffic in the city. Needless to say, all its 253 PS of power derived from 95-octane premium unleaded fuel is also available when the roads open up.

With innovations such as a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system that allows the engine to run at a high 10.5:1 compression ratio without the need to dump fuel into its cylinders for cooling, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine uses less fuel than comparable turbocharged engines.

Confidence and safety on various terrain

As a highly functional urban crossover, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo makes use of the advanced Mazda i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system to enhance safety and ensure drivability. The system provides valuable grip on all four wheels as needed over a variety of surfaces without the penalty of increased fuel consumption as found in mechanical AWD systems. 

Making use of various sensors and systems in the car to measure wheel speed, traction, road direction, angle, and even weather, the CX-5’s i-Activ AWD system can proactively control the distribution of torque and secure take-off, acceleration, cornering, and braking, without letting the tires slip in any direction—forward, backward or sideways.

And on dry surfaces, i-Activ AWD minimizes sending of torque to the rear wheels. This makes the CX-5 function predominantly as a front-wheel-drive crossover for better fuel economy.

Working in harmony with G-Vectoring Control Plus, a system that manages engine power and braking to make cornering smoother and to stabilize the vehicle along straightaways, the new CX-5 fully engages with the driver by sending confidence-inspiring feedback while driving.

A safe space on and off the road

The Mazda CX-5 has always excelled in safety. Using Skyactiv-Body and Chassis innovations, six airbags, and other passive safety systems, a secure living space is provided for every drive.

For 2022, the new CX-5 will now feature an extensive suite of i-Activsense safety technologies designed to make drivers more aware of their immediate surroundings. Mazda believes that by providing the driver with essential information, accidents may be avoided or their severity lessened. 

Active systems that make use of milliwave radar and cameras such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart Brake Support, front and rear Smart City Brake Support, and Driver Attention Alert all work together to create a safe space for drivers to react with immediacy to any contingency.

Together with a 360-degree camera that activates while parking, the new CX-5 enhances driver awareness for an even more pleasurable, convenient, and safe drive wherever the destination may be.

The 2022 lineup

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo represents the pinnacle of the Mazda CX-5 lineup in the Philippines. With its extensive feature set and unique powertrain, it stands out to deliver not only pure driving excitement, but does so with the least penalty on fuel economy. Priced at Php 2,380,000, the top-of-the-range 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo promises to deliver the ultimate in performance, comfort, convenience, functionality, and safety in the compact crossover realm.

Recognizing the various needs of the local market and its wide-ranging clientele, Mazda Philippines will continue to make the current CX-5 AWD Sport available at Php 1,990,000. Along with the CX-5 FWD Sport which will be priced at Php 1,890,000, Mazda Philippines ensures a variety of choices to satisfy its customers’ extensive requirements.

New Color: Zircon Sand Metallic

A variety of color choices also await Mazda CX-5 customers this year such as Machine Gray,

Soul Red Crystal, Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Deep Crystal Blue and Jet Black.  The two new colors, Zircon Sand Metallic and Polymetal Gray, will be exclusively available to the Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo.

Customers are encouraged to inquire with their nearest Mazda dealer or visit the brand’s website - for more details about the 2022 Mazda CX-5 AWD Turbo and its other premium models on offer. They may also visit Mazda Philippines’ social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest news and to learn about special offers available for each model.


Monch "Monchster" Henares is an award-winning automotive journalist.  He is the founder of, which ranks No. 5 in the TOP TEN Car Blogs of the Philippines

He is also a tech specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. He managed the motor pool for the largest limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He is now based in the Philippines, and together with his life partner, Arabelle Jimenez, co-founded, a motoring tourism, and lifestyle news publication. 

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