Mazda Previews 2017 CX-5 in Advance of Crossover’s Reveal at LA Auto Show
Shaded Image Betrays Stylish Snout, Not Much Else
Mazda dropped an image of the upcoming 2017 CX-5 crossover today, giving us a small taste of what to expect from the company at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The compact SUV is already one of the most attractive, best-driving vehicles in its class, and the single darkened image released by the company gives us hope neither aspect will change in the CX-5’s redesign.
Brightening the image a bit gives us an idea of what to expect, and it looks like the new CX-5 will feature deep, fuselage-shaped bodysides and smooth lines. A hoodline inspired by the current CX-9 is on display as well, with the forward-leaning grille and hood meeting at a prominent point on the tip of the CX-5’s nose. Somewhat surprisingly, the flowing fenders that appear on the current CX-5, as well as the CX-9, Mazda3, and Mazda6, look to be toned down significantly, but we admit that could just be a trick of the shading.
One other feature we like on the hazy photo is the beltline trim. With a rather extreme hockey-stick shape, the chrome molding looks very interesting, giving the SUV a nice, modern feel.
Mazda will reveal the 2017 CX-5 in full on November 16. We’re marking our calendars now, because we like what we see so far.