Mazda's new small SUV, the CX-5, will go on sale later in 2011
26 July 2010

Mazda will launch a new small SUV to go on sale at the end of next year, according to senior company sources.

The new car, which will be badged CX-5, previewed by the 2008 Kazamai concept, will also be the first production Mazda to be powered by the new generation of ultra-efficient Sky engines.

Mazda claims that the final production version will be at least 100kg lighter than its rivals. Like the Kazamai, it will be powered by a new generation of direct-injection petrol engines, with drive delivered to the road through new lightweight transmissions.

Mazda is also rumoured to be thinking of following the example of the Land Rover Evoque by producing both three- and five-door versions.

The Sky engines utilise low-friction blocks, direct injection technology and piezo-electric injectors. Along with i-stop, regenerative braking and lighter vehicles, they will form the core of Mazda's goal of a 30 per cent increase in fuel economy.

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26 July 2010

The concept is ugly, but I don't see how that grinning silver face can make it to production quite that ugly, it'd be the worst of the recent Mazdas... I do like the way they're improving efficiency - lose weight, optimise powertrain. None of this "hiding an electric motor in the gearbox" which sounds miles away (despite 2012 claims), while lightweight materials, direct injection etc are all available right now.

1 August 2010

Is this an oldrumour re-heated? If so, very successfully, because it was picked up around the world in a week. But beware the cx-5 rumour:

http://www.users.on.net/~pbm/PMMCarBlogs/Peter_McMutry_Car_Blogs_Home/Entries/2010/5/22__Mazda_CX-5_or_CX-3_now_dumped.html

3 July 2011

[quote PMinAU]But beware the cx-5 rumour[/quote]

well, I got that wrong...maybe. Or perhaps they just changed their minds and decided to go ahead with it?

My revision here:

http://tinyurl.com/3n998m7

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