What you see here is Mazda's CX-9 crossover — a bigger version of the already-confirmed C-7 and another answer to Mazda's slow-selling MPV. The seven-seater shares its platform (a stretched Mazda6) with the Ford Edge and new Lincoln Aviator crossovers.

It also shares its 250-hp 3.5L V6 with the Edge, and is likewise hybrid-compatible. Look for it at the New York Auto Show as a concept, with the production version to follow late 2006 or early 2007.

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