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2017 Mazda CX-5 teased ahead of LA

This enhanced version of Mazda's teaser pic gives a slightly clearer picture of the new CX-5's look.

Mazda gives us a glimpse of the second-generation CX-5 ahead of its official premiere at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mazda has released a tantalising teaser of the shadowy profile of the second-generation CX-5 SUV today, well ahead of its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16. 

With no titles to suggest a concept car, it seems very likely that Mazda will be rolling out the production version of the new CX-5, instead of teasing the public with a concept car as the Japanese brand has often done in the recent past. Although the image shows little, some of its new design elements can be identified. 

From the profile of the bonnet, the new CX-5 appears to be a lot sleeker in appearance, with a lower and slender nose that could closely mirror that seen on the upcoming CX-4. Like the rest of its SUV siblings, the CX-3, CX-4, and CX-9, the new CX-5’s bodywork appears to features cleaner lines with subtle curves worked into its bodywork. Its window frames feature an eye-catching metallic trim that highlights the shape of the glasshouse, while the flared rump over the rear wheel arches and short tail suggests a leaning forward stance that is similar to the CX-3’s tail. 

Aside from the teaser image, Mazda is keeping tight-lipped on details of the CX-5 for now. The only hints are that the development team has ‘further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure’. Mazda will no doubt load the new model with the latest Skyactiv and i-Activsense technologies they have to offer, though we wonder if the car maker will be advancing their Skyactiv Technologies with the new CX-5. 

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Mazda is understandably excited about the CX-5’s replacement, after all for the Hiroshima-based car maker, the first-generation CX-5 has been a lot of things. It was the ground-breaking model that introduced Mazda’s Kodo design language and the full-range of its fuel-efficiency focused Skyactiv Technology suite to showrooms. But most of all it has been a remarkable sales success with the model line achieving its one million production milestone by the end of April last year, less than three and a half years since production started in 2011. 

The CX-5 is especially popular here in Australia, with the mid-sized SUV becoming - not only the best-selling model in its segment - but the best-selling SUV in the country for three years running. And yet there is little indication that the current CX-5 is lacking any momentum in continuing its sales-chart topping streak this year. 

Considering its amazing track record for a brand new model range, the current CX-5 will be a tough model to replace. The only question one has to ask is will the next one be a revolution or an evolution? We assume the former, which should still be a very good thing. 

Do you think the new CX-5 will become the best pick in its class yet again? Tell us what you think in the comments below.