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Mazda is quickly readying its new CX-5 small crossover, previewed by the shapely Minagi concept that bowed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The test mule you see here still uses a lot of bits from the larger CX-7, but as more of the camouflage comes off, we can start to see the Mazda's shapely new front end, inspired not only by the Minagi, but by the automaker's Shinari design concept from 2010.

When it enters production, the CX-5 will replace the Tribute CUV in Mazda's lineup. The Tribute is simply a rebadged version of the Ford Escape, and since the Blue Oval is prepping its new Vertrek-based global crossover to replace the Escape (and Kuga overseas), the Tribute will simply go the way of the dodo.

Look for the production version of the CX-5 to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

[Sources: KGP Photography, Kicking Tires]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      My Name
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but I think that is a CX-7 body on the CX-5 platform. If you look at the rear end it is exactly the same as the 7 and the wheels/exhaust seem to be more narrow than the body, which makes sense since the 5 is a smaller CUV. As for the front end it might be a re-fresh for the CX-7.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @My Name
        You aren't crazy, it is 100% a development mule. CX-5 platform with a CX-7 body on top chopped to fit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the new corporate grille is going to be FANTASTIC compared with the horrific smiley face they have now. I bet this sells like gangbusters in the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those are zoomzoom rims right there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a CX-7 driver I wouldn't mind downsizing. The CX-7 gets only ~17mpg combined so I would love one of those turbo diesels or skiactive engines.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad the back end doesn't look like the Minagi concept. :( It's more aggressive looking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not liking this new small crossover trend. Come on, station wagons.
      • 3 Years Ago
      meh... it's ok from what's visible.