• Jul 26th 2010 at 4:58PM
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Mazda spoke of expanding its line with a small crossover as far back as 2008, with such talk led by the appearance of the Kazamai Concept. According to Autocar, Mazda is preparing to have said "new small SUV" prepped for sale at the end of 2011. When it was mentioned two years ago, the idea was that the vehicle would help position Mazda as an aspirational brand; now it sounds like it could be extravagant design meeting frugal economy.

For Mazda, a CX-5 would provide an option in a segment it knows consumers are moving toward, and the vehicle being discussed could be a gas mileage champ. Mazda is reportedly boasting of a 100kg weight savings vs. the competitors (that's a not-insubstantial 220 pounds), as well as power from the company's already frugal Sky engines. Some whispers about three- and five-door versions have been recorded, but remember, for the moment these are all still whispered rumors, not facts.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what they're going to do once the Escape is replaced with the Kuga?
      I feel like the aesthetics might line up between this and a Kuga-based CX-5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda and Ford are pretty much broken up these days. So i dunno how much they are still sharing these days... definitely not powertains, that's for sure. The Mazda mills, for example, are rapidly being phased out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, but the Tribute has been staying in lockstep with the Escape even after all the other F-M collaborations have faded, but maybe that's exactly because of your point about the powertrains - Escape's hasn't changed since the first model, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't sunrise me. Everyone suddenly wants to make little-SUV things these days.
      But weird, because Mazda already has the CX-7 and the weirdo Mazda 5.

      Tall is the new long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the concept's design, but I don't think it would transfer well to a production copy. (I have horrible visions of some mangled, bloated version of the current mazda3 in mind.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mazda needs to work on styling their cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this concept, although the "face" needs a little work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good.... for a Reebok.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, no no - RX-7 not CX-5!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget the CX family, I want a heir to the RX lineage dammit!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The designer has an aquatic taste.
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