Mazda CX-5 spy shots

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.


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[Sources: KGP Photography, Kicking Tires]