Mazda has unveiled its new CX-5 compact crossover SUV which will go on sale in 2012.
The CX-5, which will rival other smaller SUVs like the Land Rover Freelander, Ford Kuga and VW Tiguan, has been developed around Mazda’s new SKYACTIV technology.
SKYACTIV has influenced the design of the engines, gearboxes and the chassis which Mazda claim will give the CX-5 precise handling as well as a comfortable ride, great safety ratings and great economy.
Engine choices in Europe will be the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol and SKYACTIVE-D 2.2L diesel with “standard power” and “high power” versions of each. Mazda has worked hard on effiency and expects the most frugal diesel variant to produce around 120g/km CO2.
There will be a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes but at this time there are no more technical details.
The design of the CX-5 was centered around Mazda’s new “KODO-Soul of Motion” theme and features a evolution of the trapezoidal grille and family ‘face’ as seen on previous Mazdas.
The car will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September alongside a facelifted Mazda3, with deliveries beginning in global markets in early 2012. Prices are yet to be announced but expect it to undercut the majority of rivals.