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Mazda showcases CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions

Mazda showcases CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions

Mazda is maintaining momentum of new releases with a series of three new special editions. The CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions demonstrate the superb design of these three models with a slightly different take on carbon.

Typically, you would expect any special edition with carbon in the name to include either carbon fibre panels or trim or to be black. The CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions are none of those things.

The Mazda CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions are actually Polymetal Gray. Apparently a “bold color scheme that helps represent individuality while also exuding strength and passion.” Mazda’s words not mine.

Alongside the grey colour, the cars will have black trim, black side mirrors and black alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin will be adorned by red leather seating with black honeycomb trim. The seats will be heated. The cars will also come with upgraded Bose audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

All three models will also have varying levels of Mazda’s i-Activesense technology to help with safety. That is likely to include blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, smart brake support and other tech.

The CX-5, CX-7 and Mazda6 Carbon Editions are available now.

2020 Mazda CX-5

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is one of the three new models. It’s a smart crossover with sport pretensions that can carry the family around with ease or get you to work on time.

It’s a great looking car. It has the Mazda family front end with grille and Mazda badge, angled lighting, modest lower sill and unadorned panels. A smooth curved hood adds a hint of sportiness while the raked windshield offers aero benefits while rolling into a curved roof.

A very smooth profile with little panel detailing keeps things simple while a high rear end has a lot of detailing around the hatch and a pair of narrow lights to finish.

Inside, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is not the largest crossover in the world but can seat four adults in comfort. It’s more a sedan in crossover guise than SUV and that benefits the driver and all passengers while on the road.

The driving position is superb. Seats are supportive and hug you on corners, visibility is very good all round and all the controls have a solid, quality feel. It’s a typical superior Mazda interior that doesn’t disappoint.

Engine and mechanicals

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 uses a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine with 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. There is also a turbocharged version of that engine in the GT and Signature trims that ups the power to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Both use a six speed automatic transmission to drive the front or all wheels.

There is apparently a diesel engine due at some point but has likely been delayed for 2020.

The engines are responsive and give the right power at the right time. The turbocharged engine is definitely the one to buy but is only available in the two top trims. Given how much you get with those trims, they make a solid investment.

See the 2020 Mazda CX-5 up close at Mazda of Hamilton, 1977 Upper James Street Hamilton, ON L9B 1K8.

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