• Dec 9, 2010
Mystery Mazda small CUV spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda has, on more than one occasion, discussed its plans to expand its model range in the next couple of years, including the addition of a small crossover in the near term. According to an earlier report from Autocar, Mazda had said that its "new small SUV" would debut sometime in 2011, with the first sales taking place before we turn the calendar over to 2012. Now, we have our first glimpse at what appears to be a mule for Mazda's new small crossover, a model we'll call CX-5.

This mule may be a chopped and cropped version of the larger CX-7, but the new CX-5 is understood to be based on the smaller Mazda3 platform. Expect power to come from Mazda's new line of Sky G and Sky D engines and transmissions, tailored for the specific demands of customers in different world markets. The CX-5 will likely be produced in Japan, and we wouldn't be shocked to learn that it's coming to the United States and Europe, as well. See it for yourself in the high-res gallery of spy shots below.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Tribute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha yes! Their numbering system always bothered me...why didn't they just match the number of seats? Because if this new one came out, it could've been the CX-3 to match its platform mate 3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since the CX-7 seats five, and the CX-9 seats seven, will the CX-5 seat three?

      (Anybody else notice their CUV model numbering scheme?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, they will follow the MX-5 and only seat two. Or maybe the 6 and seat 5.

        I'm really confused now. Who's on first?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given all the reviews that end with "We won't be getting it here", I'd be shocked to learn that it IS coming to the United States
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like this might be the Tribute replacement....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, my thoughts exactly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense, its also the same time Ford will debut the new Escape/Kuga, so I'm guessing this will be "C" based. If they keep it sporty and fun to drive, they shouldnt have any issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree on it possibly being a tribute.

      But at first glance I thought someone was trying to modify his CX-7 to look like an Infinity FX35
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering that the CX-7 hasn't exactly sold like hotcakes, I'm not really sure what the rationale for this is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CX-7 hasn't really sold that poorly considering how small Mazda is and how little advertising they have done for the vehicle as of late.

        I think what really hurts it is the MPG ratings, it really isn't that efficient at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that's going to be a pretty small ute. It looks to be the same size as a Mazda3. If it comes with 170 HP, 6 spd manual, and 30 MPG Hwy, I can make due with a little less cargo room. Sign me up. It'll go great with my MX-5!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just described a Mazda3? I guess the "advantage" to this would be the higher center of gravity?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point. But a Mazda3 doesn't have AWD.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Give it an AWD option and it'd be a good Subaru Outback Sport alternative.
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