• Nov 27, 2007
The idea of an MX-5 derived CUV/SUV might seem like a bit of a stretch (literally), but Mazda's European head, James Muir, says that a concept of the rear-wheel-drive crossover is bound for the Paris Motor Show next year. The basis for the concept stems from Mazda's assertion that SUVs are going to shrink in size over the coming years with a focus on car-like driving dynamics that still have many trappings of their high-riding counterparts. Lightweight components, including high-tensile steel and smaller engines with higher outputs (read: new diesels and hopefully more turbocharged mills) should strike a balance between engaging the driver while keeping fuel-consumption and emissions in check.

Muir goes on to say that an environmental focus "is the best thing that has happened to the automotive industry in 50 years," and that a city car concept might share the stage with the MX-5, or what might be called the CX-5, in Paris in 2008.

[Source: Just Auto – Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      OMFG....wtx is this crap...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this won't be very good at Auto Cross...
      • 7 Years Ago
      please tell me that someone photoshopped that mazda and that there really isnt one driving around by a wannabe Baja racer?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What exactly is the difference between a wagon and a CUV? Is it ride height and if so, what is the cutoff point? If I had a CUV that was a half inch over that threshhold could I lower my tire pressure and get the haters off my back?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you run around with underinflated tires in ANY car, the haters should pursue you relentlessly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, basically a Mini Clubman or SUV, or whatever they're doing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the love of Gawd!!
      Just bring back the wagon, with a higher ride height.... like the first AWD AMC wagons. Most CUV's can't match their "look" with actual functional ability anyway.... What's the point?!?!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn that's ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahhh! That photo is so wrong!
      • 7 Years Ago
      soooo, it'll basically be a miata station wagon?
      • 7 Years Ago
      First thing I thought was is this going to be like a new Suzuki Samurai?? That was small and rwd...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hahahahaha!

      Looks like the Frankenstein big brother of this:
      http://forum.miata.net/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=52956

      Scary. I'll stick with my NB rolling on 15s, thank you very much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you say "X-90"?
      In design it was more delSol than Miata, but hey....
        • 7 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing. I only ever saw ONE of those on the streets.
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