Seven-seat MPV will be launched at Geneva in March
2 March 2010

Mazda’s new 5 MPV has been revealed.

The Japanese firm has gone for style as well as function, with features including sliding rear doors to boost rear passenger access and a flexible seven-seat interior. It is based on a modified Mazda 3 platform.

It is the first Mazda to use the company's 'Nagare' design language, which was first shown on a series of concepts in recent years, and which was the work of Laurens van den Acker, who has since moved to work at Renault.

Official Mazda 5 pics

The 5’s styling brings it line with the rest of Mazda’s range. It has been designed with efficiency in mind, including a low drag coefficient, with optimal lift and air-flow stability features.

Among the engine range will be a new direct-injection 2.0-litre petrol unit mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Stop-start is also included. This new engine achieves a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the model it replaces.

Hideki Matsuoka, the Mazda 5’s programme manager, said, “Our team aimed to create a new MPV that combines superb practicality with the superior environmental performance these modern times demand and a new expression in stylish design.”

The new Mazda 5 will go on sale later this year.

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20 January 2010

[quote Autocar]The 5’s styling brings it line with the rest of Mazda’s range.[/quote]

There's something decidedly Korean about the contrived and rather trite 'swoosh' lines on the side profile.

Ssangyong would be proud.

20 January 2010

The Japs are to styling what Kraft is to wholesome cheese.

20 January 2010

Looks er..... very slippery aerodynamically. Is it me or was it only about 5 minutes since the last model came out. The swoopy sidelines are definitely er ...unusual. I would have to see it in the metal to see if it is convincing or not.

Glad to see they have kept the sliding doors for practicality . I wonder why so few MPVs have this feature.

20 January 2010

Yech! It's dire.

20 January 2010

Don't like the new front, dosent really suit an MPV. Reminds me of this:

[img]http://disney-clipart.com/Cars/Disney-Cars-McQueen.jpg[/img]

20 January 2010

I'm pretty sure this is just a facelift, not an all-new model. The windows are exactly the same shape and the air-con is still single-zone climate control. I loved the very first Mazda5 and this one is just weird...

20 January 2010

MPVs always look dire anyway ( except perhaps the C4 Picasso) so this isn't too bad. Still find it confusing that it is badged as a "5" in Europe , rather than being called Premacy as in Japan.

20 January 2010

[quote Autocar]The Japanese firm has gone for style as well as function[/quote]

Are you sure?

Looks like a Chinese interpretation of the MPV theme. Grim doesn't begin to describe this so-called styling...

20 January 2010

I really like it, although the back is just a tad Rodius - mainly the tail lights. Otherwise I think it's a good-looking machine, just different enough from the current model, which I still think looks great.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

20 January 2010

Those are some seriously quirky swage lines! I'm not sure if I like them... I don't think I do. :-|

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