There are rumors about Mazda planning to build the CX-5 compact SUV for the past 3-4 years. The news has become more obvious when Britain’s Autocar magazine, unnamed but senior sources at Mazda have let slip that the new model will be named CX-5 and to enter the increasingly popular compact SUV segment.
The report show that the CX-5 will have styling inspiration from the Nagare-inspired Kazamai concept revealed in 2008,although Mazda official said that Mazda 5 compact MPV will be last car that build from Nagare design language. The concept looked like a cross between a sports car and an SUV.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5 is part of the new “One Ford” global product plan that aims to harmonize the company’s various models around far fewer platforms and components. The idea is to develop vehicles that can be built and sold most anywhere in the world without expensive alterations for individual markets. the car will based on Ford kuka platform.
The car will be first car powered by the new generation of ultra efficient Sky engines, Sky-G petrol and Sky-D diesel engines, paired with the new Sky-drive automatic transmission.
It seems that Mazda wants to take on the new Land Rover Evoque and promises to make the new CX-5 with at least 100 kg lighter than its rivals. The new car is expected to feature stop-start tech and brake regeneration which will provide a 30% increase in fuel economy.
The car will arrive in late 2011.