Mazda will have a new full-sized SUV and a B-segment 4x4 in its product line-up by 2016.
That’s according to Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi, who chose the Frankfurt motor show to confirm to Autocar the specifics of two models in a series of eight that began last year with the Mazda CX-5.
Following the CX-5, last year’s Mazda 6 saloon and the new Mazda 3 hatchback, the B- segment and D-segment SUVs are expected to be key members of the new model generation, alongside the 2014 Mazda 2 supermini, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 sports car and a replacement for the Mazda 5 MPV.
Only the smallest of that trio of 4x4s represents a genuinely new car for Mazda, however – and according to Autocar’s sources, it won’t look much like bigger-brother CX-5. “The CX-5 was the last model designed under Laurens van den Acker,” a company spokesperson said. “Much of its detailing is still current in thematic terms, but you can expect the smaller crossover to be prettier and more expressive, in line with our ‘Kodo’ design language.”
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