• Oct 12th 2006 at 9:33AM
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The next Mazda Tribute has been captured by the long lense of KGP Photography during some late-stage testing that affords us an uninhibited view of the next ZUV (Zoom Utility Vehicle) from Mazda. Clearly the overall shape of the Tribute's sister ute, the new 2008 Mercury Mariner, remains, but Mazda's version has a different front end that's decidely less adorned with filigree and chrome. In fact, it's downright staid next to the new Mariner and reminds us a little of the Honda Pilot, if only for its lack of interesting angles. But hey, some people like vanilla, we just don't usually expect that flavor from Mazda. It'd be nice if Mazda actually did inject the Tribute with a bit of sporting flair in the form of, say, a sport version carrying the turbo-four that appears in the new CX-7, but we aren't holding our breath. And just as Ford must deal with Edge and Escape sales cannibalizing each other, Mazda will likely face the same thing with CX-7 and Tribute sales. This leads us to believe that both the Escape and Tribute will likely be positioned as more utilitarian and dutiful than their brand new brethren. Seeing as how the new Mercury Mariner has already debuted, the new Tribute from Mazda shouldn't be far behind. We should it see it at the L.A. Auto Show in November, if not sooner.
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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Personal I think is one of the most beautiul Japannese SUV

      • 9 Years Ago
      Elliot: "I blame the UAW for its continued production.
      Do you blame the UAW for the continued production of the Toyota Tacoma and Corolla or the Mazda 6? Many of those sold in the US are UAW made.

      Just shut up. It's a good vehicle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This thing is BLAND!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      John and everyone else,

      This will be called CX-5 and will come as a hybrid, possibly ONLY a hybrid. And that is the point of Mazda having it- Platform sharing as discussed and gives Mazda a hybrid vehicle in a segment they arent currently competing. There are many many buyers who would rather have traditional SUV styling than that of the CX-7. This gives those buyers a Mazda choice as well as the Hybrid fuel economy advantage.

      as for the zoom-zoom- it means fun to drive. how can you not like the idea of a fun to drive vehicle in every segment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      what's the point of this car anymore

      CX-7, CX-9, why bother with the Mazda Escape? they should just bring in a non-turbo version of the CX-7, so that way you could compete to the CR-V croud

      ignorizm is still taking place iside Ford
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hate this vehicle. Nothing about it looks "Zoom-Zoom". I blame the UAW for its continued production.

      Mazda's lineup should be:

      Mazda2 (B-segment car that is hopefully "in the works")
      Mazda6 (new one should use Mondeo's underpinnings)
      MX-7 (Should be a four door, V-6 version of MX-5)
      CX-5 (With Escape, CR-V, etc. getting bigger, it's time to add a small SUV-like vehicle to the line up. Mazda's engineering + Dodge Caliper comes to mind)
      B-Series (Deperately needs an injection of Zoom)

      Having this thing as part of the lineup is not a good idea, even if it is the only hybrid they'll have for awhile. Getting rid of the redundant, Ford-based MPV was a good move. Hopefully this won't be far behind.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It doesn't fit well into the Mazda brand image, just a rebadge they don't need. They could use a full sized RWD car more.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And people bitch about the new CR-V? It's worth a heated conversation! This thing looks like an SUV from the mid 90's. Is this 4 real???
      • 9 Years Ago
      Curse the people that came up with this gay "zoom-zoom" shit. The only advertising more annoying is Geico's. It makes me dislike Mazda as a brand.
      • 9 Years Ago

      It is a good vehicle. I actually like the way the Escape looks like the original Explorer. When I was a kid and watched Jurassic Park I wanted one so bad. I never said it was a bad vehicle. But, there is nothing Mazda about it. It's a Ford and it belongs at a Ford dealership. The steering, the layout of controls/switches, and the styling all scream Ford. I've borrowed one and driven it for a week. Very nice car, but it's not a Mazda.

      And no, I don't blame the UAW for the production of the Mazda6, Tacoma, or Corolla. In fact, I also don't blame them for the production of the Escape or Mariner. I think the consumer is the reason these vehicles are made and will continue to be made. I also think the consumer is the reason Mazda will be introducing the CX-7 and CX-9.

      I blame the UAW for the Tribute because it is a redundant model and I believe it will continue production to keep the plant where they are built humming along with the extra units.

      I don't want to see anyone out of their jobs, but Bill Ford has said that's it time to stop building products to fill the plants, and start building products that the consumer wants. I think the average Mazda consumer prefers a CX-7 or CX-9 over a Tribute. The average Ford consumer would rather have the nat-asp engine of the Escape with towing capabilities. Just my opinion.

      It would be better if Ford's American plants were as flexible as AAI and could build the CX-9 at the Escape plant, rather than the badge engineered Tribute. I know UAW bashing on this blog is common, but I think that now you see that was not my intention.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just read a press release that said in an effort to attract even more female buyers Mazda is changing its Zoom-Zoom slogan to Zoomy-Zoom-Zoom.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Isn't the revamped Tribute going to be called CX-5? Not that it looks anything like the CX-7 and CX-9.
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