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In a move that should surprise exactly nobody, Mazda has announced that its forthcoming smaller crossover will be called CX-5. The little 'ute is said to borrow heavily from the Minagi Concept that Mazda unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and it will be the first Mazda vehicle to incorporate the automaker's new 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design theme.

The design theme was first introduced back in the fall when the Japanese automaker unveiled the Shinari Concept; a very attractive, luxurious-looking sedan that could park next to an Aston Martin Rapide and still get noticed. The CX-5 will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go in sale in calendar year 2012.

Mazda says the new crossover will feature the automaker's SkyActiv technologies, which will include engines, transmissions, body and chassis. SkyActiv is Mazda's "sustainable ZoomZoom" approach that includes more efficient powertrains and lower overall body mass for improved fuel efficiency and performance.

Hit the jump to read over the Mazda press release.


  • Mazda Minagi Concept

  • Mazda Minagi Concept

  • Mazda Minagi Concept


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Mazda Announces New Compact SUV Will Be Mazda CX-5
- The First of Mazda's Next-Generation Products to Blend SKYACTIV Technology with KODO Design -

HIROSHIMA, Japan, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5. It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI Concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (81e Salon International de l'Auto de Geneve) in March of this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens to the public on April 22, 2011.

The CX-5 will be the first production vehicle to incorporate Mazda's new design theme, 'KODO – Soul of Motion' as debuted on the Mazda SHINARI concept car, as well as the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis. The CX-5 will join Mazda's global line-up in 2012.

The "CX" in CX-5 represents Mazda's line-up of crossover SUV vehicles, which also includes the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9. The CX-5 will be the compact model in the series.

The Mazda CX-5 will make its international debut at the 64th IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) Motor Show to be held in Frankfurt, Germany in September 2011.


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      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might be compelling given the talk around the Skyactiv powertrain. Would look cute next to the MX as a daily, but would I prefer it over a Countryman?
      Sneeko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nagare was iffy for me and I had a love/hate relationship with it. I really love what I'm seeing from Kodo so far. =)
      JoshH
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is offered in a Turbo model, I'm sold.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing how the CX-9 seats seven, and the CX-7 seats five, will the CX-5 seat three? ;-)
      bouljf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda's version of the upcoming Kuga/Escape or a new platform like the CX-7? Mazda seems to be distancing itself from Ford when it comes to powertrain (SkyActiv engine and conventional auto gearbox vs EcoBoost and dual clutch) it will be interesting to see, if it shares Ford's C platform, what engine it will use.
        plarson79
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        The CX-5 has absolutely nothing in common with any Ford product. Mazda's SKYAVTIV technologies were completely develpoed in-house and are exclusive to Mazda. Just to be clear, this Is NOT the next generation Tribute and Ford will not pillage Mazda of these technologies.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @plarson79
          @ Noelle Shanice Similar ratings??? There are many, MANY engines with similar output and efficiency ratings. That doesn't mean they are the same.
          Human GPS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @plarson79
          Not really, look at the prototypes of the SKYActiv in the MotorTrend article a few months back, it has similar rating at the 2.0 in the new Ford Focus, it's going to be like the 2.0 to 2.5 used by both Ford and Mazda. Each company will do their own tweaking and tuning, but it's the same basic block.
          Snark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @plarson79
          Not so fast...everything I've heard suggests this uses the platform and basic modules that the Escape does.
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it necessary to have an SUV with a hood nobody can see over, especially women? This one is worse that the one on the Mazda 3, which hides chuckholes and curbs from the short and unwary. Certainly the engine isn't as tall as the hood is high. What's the point?
      simplesoundbar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't automakers give cars ACTUAL names anymore? Its like they don't even care.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Coltist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs turbo and AWD with a 40/60 bias.
      Irene Rojas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the next 3 hatchback looks like a shorter version of this. Also, I feel strange without my old red stapler avatar.
      Coltist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs turbo diesel and 40/60 AWD
      bigsaucybob
      • 3 Years Ago
      The rear quarters view reminds me a lot of the new Kia Sorento. Which isn't a bad thing.
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