Mazda is targeting a top five-star safety rating for its newest car, the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, thanks to some clever new safety technology.
The Japanese manufacturer will pack the SUV crossover with safety equipment in order to secure a top rating in the new, stricter Euro NCAP safety tests.
Mazda hopes the technology will reduce ownership costs of the new CX-5 by lowering insurance premiums and decreasing the likelihood of accidents leading to expensive repairs.
Alongside the usual air bags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – a system to improve traction when cornering – Mazda will also introduce new safety technology to the CX-5.
This includes ‘Smart City Brake Support’, a system designed to detect objects in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes at speeds of under 20mph to avoid potential collisions.
An example of the Mazda5 MPV achieving a five-star EuroNCAP rating can be seen below.[YouTube:ZHtl]
In the event of an accident however, Mazda has designed the chassis of the CX-5 to absorb the load of any impact and ensure the safety of the occupants.
Other safety systems include a reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring and hill hold assist. However, Mazda owners can also add a CX-5 Safety Pack for £700 to boost the level of safety equipment further.
The Mazda CX-5 Safety Pack includes technology to warn the driver if he or she crosses the markings between lanes and a ‘rear vehicle monitoring’ system comprising a wing-mirror warning light and alert sound to notify the driver of potential blind-spot hazards.
The Mazda CX-5, a crossover SUV set to go on sale next month at Mazda UK dealerships with a choice of two-wheel of all-wheel drive systems and four trim levels.
Mazda CX-5 prices start from £21,395 for entry-level models. The optional Safety Pack adds £700 to the price of the Mazda CX-5.