A new Mazda CX-5 is set to debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show—and it's coming an entire model year before we expected it.
The current CX-5 has been a genuine (and much needed) success for Mazda, which has sold more than 80,000 through the end of September this year, so it comes as some surprise that a new model would arrive so soon.
There's a good chance it'll come as a 2017 model since Mazda added some additional equipment to its crossover mid-way through the 2016 model year as a 2016.5.
Mazda has shared very little, but says that the vehicle features the next evolution of its "Kodo, Soul of Motion" design language, as well as updated technology.
So far, Mazda has only sent out a single teaser photo of the new CX-5, and it intentionally obscures some details. We can tell that the new CX-5 will remain a compact crossover, but its rear door appears to be slightly longer than the current model. That should address one consistent complaint with the current vehicle—that its rear seat is too confining against its rivals.
The crossover's side surface detailing is simpler than the outgoing model and its front fascia appears to be a near facsimile of the larger CX-9.
We'll know more when the new CX-5 is formally unveiled in early November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.