The second generation CX-5 launched in 2016. Shinichi Isayama, the chief designer, says: “The second generation CX-5 built on (and progressed) the original car’s key features, such as the beautiful exterior and high-quality interior.” “I think that the emotional value of the CX-5’s design is understood and loved by Mazda customers. I’m incredibly proud to have played a role in the car’s design and development.”
The latest model shares the same design DNA as its predecessor with Nakayama adding, “We didn’t want to change parts of the design that resonate with our customers, but instead advance the car’s signature design to enhance its unique form, especially at the front of the car.” Chief Designer of the new CX-5, Takanori Tsubaki emphasises this point adding, “We fitted elongated, headlights that both enhance the car’s sense of strength, and also provide extra safety on the road at night, courtesy of the powerful ALH beams (Adaptive LED Headlights).” The CX-5’s design credentials even extend to the paintwork. It was the first vehicle to wear Soul Red Crystal, which has become synonymous with Mazda. And now the brand-new Zircon Sand Metallic colour has been added to the palette.