So far, details are scarce on exactly what kind of transmission options will be available at launch, though whispers kicking around the web have indicated that a six-speed manual gearbox is likely, as well as an available six-speed automatic. Expect to see serious engineering advances in both transmissions designed to serve up increased fuel economy.
Mazda says that the company's Kodo design language stands for "Soul of motion." Whatever it means, we think it's a huge improvement over the Joker-smile faces of the outgoing Nagare era. The Mazda CX-5 is set to debut in Frankfurt on September 13, and the CUV is confirmed for sale in the North American market. Check out the gallery above and Hit the jump for the press release.
All-new compact crossover SUV, the first of Mazda's 'new generation' of vehicles
CX-5 is built around breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY
All-new chassis, body, engines and transmissions
Targeting a CO2 emissions rating from under 120g/km*
Introduces Mazda's new 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design theme
Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the world premiere of its all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, 13 September. The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda products that will adopt the full range of Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and the new design theme, 'KODO – Soul of Motion'.
The Mazda CX-5, which evolves Mazda's hallmark fun-to-drive character, will be progressively introduced to global markets from early 2012. Developed around the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY – including all-new Mazda gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, body and chassis – the CX-5 delivers precise handling responses and a high-quality ride, matched with outstanding environmental credentials and an advanced safety performance.
The engine line-up for the European specification CX-5 will include Mazda's SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, which will be available in Standard Power and High Power versions. Each engine has a record-breaking compression ratio of 14:1 for ideal efficiency. Mazda's engineers focused on achieving exceptional environmental performance for a compact SUV and targeted CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km for the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engined model*.
The CX-5 is also the first production model to showcase Mazda's new design theme, 'KODO – Soul of Motion', which was previewed with the Mazda SHINARI and Mazda MINAGI concept cars. Unique themes of the KODO design theme include a prominent new frontal treatment with a bolder Mazda family face and more dynamic styling that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility.
Joining the CX-5 on Mazda's stand at the Frankfurt Show will be the upgraded Mazda3. This hugely popular Mazda now delivers lower CO2 emissions, more sporty and stable driving dynamics, with an updated interior and exterior design, and higher quality levels.
The world premiere of the all-new Mazda CX-5 will be celebrated during Mazda's official press conference on Tuesday, 13 September at 14:15, local time.