This pair of images leaked onto the internet earlier today. The shots show an SUV crossover with distinct overtones of both Mazda's latest design language and, particularly at the rear, Hyundai's iX35. The car is the first SUV to be produced under the direction of Mazda's latest design director, Ikeo Maeda.
The Minagi is expected to become the CX-5 when it reaches production, giving Mazda a genuine rival for the VW Tiguan and Audi Q5. That will be particularly important in the SUV-loving US, where the Q5 in particular is proving a hit for Audi. Test mules carrying the bodywork from the larger CX-7 were recently spied undergoing winter tests.
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The all-new Mazda CX-5, a compact crossover that will square off against the popular Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, has been unveiled ahead of its public introduction next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Mazda said the CX-5 will be "progressively introduced to global markets from early 2012."
The automaker describes the CX-5 as the "first of a new generation of Mazda products," built around the company's Skyactiv engines and transmissions and embodying Mazda's latest design theme, dubbed Kodo — Soul of Motion, previewed in the Shinari and Minagi concepts.
The CX-5 will come with a choice of Skyactiv high-compression, direct-injection four-cylinder engines, including 2.0-liter gasoline and 2.2-liter diesel units in standard and high-output variants, along with a choice of new Skyactiv automatic and manual transmissions.
Mazda said the Kodo design theme on the CX-5 features "a prominent new frontal treatment with a bolder Mazda family face and more dynamic styling that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility."
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In test-driving Mazdas last year, what struck me was how cheap the interior was and how low-tech the options are. Mazda really has to step it up. I hope they do so.
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I am interested with the Mazda CX-5, especially its Skyactiv technology.
I've driven quite a few of recent model Mazdas that my family members and friends owns, and what made them good is the overall package relative to its price in its class, but what made them really sparkles to me is the handling. Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda RX-8, Mazda MX-5 and Mazda CX-7, they all have a very nice handling attributes. So I don't have doubt the Mazda CX-5 will be a great car in its class. And I think it actually looks pretty interesting.
But I do agree the interior plastics are something left to be desired, which I'd soon forgotten because they're such a nice car to drive.
I'm looking forward to test drive the CX-5 next week in Australia.
I think it looks pretty good. I'm in the market for a compact or midsize crossover and the only other direct competition is the Nissan Juke. Although the questionable looks have grown on me, its pretty tight on the inside (especially that hump in the middle of the car). The CX5 looks to have made better use of its small size.
Alright, I saw the CX-5 in flesh and it is impressive. The interior has much nicer material quality than CX-7, and the door shuts nicely too. Nice sound proofing around the rear wheel arches suggested this car should be quiet aswell.
Oh, the manual shifter is a delight. I didn't get to drive the car as I was in a hurry, so I'll book one for Indonesian release.
MAZDA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF ALL-NEW 2013 CX-5 COMPACT CROSSOVER SUV
All-New Mazda is First to Feature Full Suite of SKYACTIV® Technologies
and Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing of its all-new 2013 CX-5 five-passenger compact crossover SUV, the first vehicle in the Mazda lineup to fully encompass SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the brand's all-new fuel-efficient and performance-oriented engineering philosophy. Through these efforts, CX-5 achieves the best highway fuel economy of any SUV sold in North America at 35 miles per gallon (mpg) and offers the best overall fuel economy of any non-hybrid compact crossover SUV at 29 mpg combined.
"The 2013 CX-5 is a look to the future of the Mazda brand," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "Our achievements in Research & Development have led to breakthrough engineering with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. It shows not only in the CX-5's impressive fuel economy but also with its dynamic handling and performance, which only Mazda can bring to the compact crossover SUV segment."
The 2013 CX-5 Sport starts at a competitive $20,695 MSRP, which is well below the segment's sale leaders. Paired with the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, the entry-level Sport trim is equipped with high-level standard amenities such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels outfitted with 225/65R17 Yokohama all-season tires, daytime running lights (DRL), power side view mirrors, automatic headlight shutoff as well as stylish exterior cues in body-colored outside mirrors with turn lamps, door handles, a roof spoiler and a color-keyed shark fin antenna.
The comfortably-appointed cabin offers plush Black or Sand Beige cloth seat upholstery (both with seatback pockets), push-button start, power windows with driver's side one-touch auto open/close, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio with Automatic Level Control (ALC) as well as auxiliary and USB connection ports - all standard.
CX-5 Sport models equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission start at $22,095 MSRP. When equipped with Mazda's all-new active torque-split all-wheel-drive (AWD) system (6AT models only), the starting price is $23,345 MSRP. A Bluetooth® Audio Package is available for an additional $400 MSRP and includes Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch in-dash color information touch-screen monitor and HD RadioTM Technology.
Moving up to the Touring model, the Bluetooth® Audio Package for Sport models becomes standard as are fog lamps, upgraded cloth seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera (viewable via the 5.8-inch in-dash color monitor), an upgraded six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls, a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system as well as a rear-seat armrest with cup holders. SKYACTIV-Drive becomes standard on Touring models, which start at $23,895 MSRP with front-wheel-drive (FWD) and $25,145 MSRP when equipped with AWD.
Available package options for CX-5 Touring are the Moonroof/Bose® and Technology packages. The Moonroof/Bose® Package ($1,130 MSRP) adds a moonroof and a 225-watt Bose® Centerpoint® nine-speaker Surround Sound System with AudioPilot®, which features advanced lightweight materials and components yet offers sound clarity and performance similar to larger sound systems. The Technology Package ($1,185 MSRP) adds an in-dash TomTom technology-based navigation system, an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink®, automatic on/off bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing windshield wipers and an anti-theft alarm. Sirius Satellite Radio with a four-month complimentary subscription is a stand-alone option ($525 MSRP) for Touring models.
For those with a sweet tooth for more decadent luxury items is the CX-5 Grand Touring. The 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels of the Sport and Touring models are swapped for 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 225/55R19 Toyo all-season tires. Other premium standard features include automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a moonroof. Standard cabin amenities include leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System and Sirius Satellite radio. Available in either FWD or AWD configurations, the Grand Touring model starts at $27,045 and $28,295 MSRP, respectively.
A Technology Package, similar to the Touring model, also is available on the CX-5 Grand Touring. Priced at $1,325, options include an in-dash TomTom navigation system, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights with a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink®, an anti-theft alarm and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
All 2013 CX-5 models are equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. At 13:1, SKYACTIV-G features the world's highest compression ratio for a mass-produced car. By comparison, a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar has a compression ratio of 12.5:1. The SKYACTIV-G engine produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. A $425 MSRP trailer hitch (with harness and cover) option also is available on all CX-5 models for consumers to fully utilize the vehicle's 2,000-pound towing capacity.
Never an option, safety is at the forefront of the CX-5's SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis to ensure a vehicle structure as reinforced and quiet as it is rigid and impact-absorbing. The chassis includes a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear format to return a precise, predictable feel to give drivers and passengers the peace of mind of control and stability. The body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel for a lighter, stronger structure, and also utilizes 1,800MPa ultra-high tensile steel - a first for any production vehicle - in the front bumper.
Standard safety features include six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain) with rollover protection, power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, daytime running lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist, a collapsible steering column and fold-away brake pedal assembly, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). A Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system is standard on Touring and Grand Touring models only.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
 SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).
 Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
Takashi Yamanouchi, initial demand for the model is strong and he even went so far as to “hope to sell near 200,000 units.”
According to Mazda, it received 8,000 CX-5 orders in Japan where the target was a mere 1,000 units. Russian consumers already ordered 5,000 units and even in America, where dealers tend to have larger inventories, a few orders have been placed. It’s worth noting that American dealerships just began receiving CX-5s to their dealerships a few weeks ago, while other global markets have had it on sale for a few months.
The CX-5 actually proved to be a decent performance machine, as crossovers go, during out review which took place partially on Mazda’s Laguna Seca Raceway. With a class-leading 35 mpg highway when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, it seems likely that the CX-5 will catch on in the U.S. too.
Is the New Family Member Worthy of the Zoom-Zoom Tag?
Engineers also worked some magic with interior space. With a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and overall length at 179.3 inches, the CX-5 exterior dimensions are 2 and 5 inches smaller than the CX-7's, respectively. Despite that, the CX-5's passenger room is almost identical to the CX-7, save for rear legroom, which is reduced by 3 inches. Even more impressive is the fact that the CX-5 gains cargo capacity over the CX-7, with 64.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down (0.4 less in sunroof models). And if Fido comes along for the ride, he'll have plenty of room, with 34.1 cubic feet of space available behind the rear seats. Sure, he'll have to jump higher to get into the CX-5, and he won't be able to stick his head out the window, but he's willing to make the sacrifice for the new family member. The family will miss its Mazda3, but the CX-5 should have just enough zoom-zoom to win them over.
Just got my Bro's CX-5 delivered today. It's base model and automatic, and I have to say this is one of the best SUV I ever driven. It feels light, keen and eager. The automatic shift lever is so nice to use, and it actually throttle blip. I wish my old man CX-7 does this.