Mazda Australia has confirmed its petrol-engined models will move to longer 15,000km service intervals (up from 10,000km) with all new and updated launches from next year.
First cab off the rank will be the enhanced 2023 Mazda CX-5 range, detailed this week, which sees its G20 (2.0-litre), G25 (2.5-litre) and G35 (2.5-litre turbo) petrol variants move to 12 month, 15,000-kilometre intervals.
D35 (2.2-litre twin-turbo) diesel variants, however, stick to the existing 10,000km schedule.
A spokesperson for Mazda Australia confirmed with CarExpert that the new CX-60 will follow suit, with the e-Skyactiv G 3.3-litre turbocharged petrol inline six and e-Skyactiv PHEV 2.5-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid also set to adopt the new intervals – but again, not the diesel.
Following the launch of the new CX-5 and CX-60, all updated vehicles launched from 2023 will adopt the same schedule for petrol models. The only other confirmed Mazda launch for next year so far is the CX-8 three-row SUV, which also currently offers the G25 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol motor.
The move will align Mazda’s petrol-fired models with most competitors, and address a key criticism of the existing ownership program. Most brands; including the likes of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen, quote 12 month or 15,000 kilometre service intervals for the bulk of their ranges.
Hyundai and Kia have 12 month/10,000km intervals for their turbocharged petrol models, while Toyota maintains 6 month/10,000km intervals for some of its heavier-duty stuff like the HiLux, Prado and LandCruiser 300 Series.
It’s unclear whether this will bring any adjustments to service pricing, though we expect those details to be confirmed closer to each respective model launch.
Mazda did however, add the following: “Another distinct advantage for customers is the reassurance that over five years of ownership, the new 12 months/15,000km service interval will be cheaper overall – with individuals saving the equivalent of two service costs over this five-year period, based on the average vehicle covering 13,000km per year”.