Mazda introducing G-Vectoring Control Plus

Donna Miller
October 13, 2018

Mazda is giving its CX-5 crossover a slew of updates in Japan, two years after the second-generation model made its debut in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The updates were announced Thursday for the Japanese market and should be announced for more markets shortly.

This family unit SKYACTIV-G is put on the CX-9 and Mazda 6. In combination with the new engine, there's now G-Vectoring Control Plus, a new handling feature that varies the engine torque going to each wheel during cornering. GVC Plus goes a step further by adding braking function into the mix. For example, if the driver steers out of a corner and returns the steering wheel to the centre position, GVC Plus applies the brakes lightly on the outside wheels to provide a "stabilising moment" and return the vehicle accurately to the straight-ahead position.

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With this, the CX-5 becomes the first model in Japan to be offered with this mill, which produces 230 PS at 4,250 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, and delivers a fuel economy figure of up to 12.6 km per litre on the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

The Mazda CX-5 has been updated in its home market, confirming the availability of the CX-9's 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine for the mid-sized SUV. In addition to improving handling in emergency collision avoidance maneuvers, GVC Plus offers a reassuring feeling of control when changing lanes on the highway and when driving on snow or other slippery road surfaces. There are new colors for some of the wheels and inside there are new designs for some of the switches, along with new materials and extra speakers in the standard audio system. A new Exclusive Mode edition bumps the interior materials up a notch, with real wood trim and Nappa leather. Seven-inch infotainment monitor and a surround view camera also come with Exclusive Mode. We're also waiting for information on availability of the CX-5's 2.2-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel now offered overseas.

For more on the Mazda CX-5, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.

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