Mazda Confirms New Compact Crossover to be Named CX-5

We already knew this, but Mazda has officially confirmed that its upcoming compact crossover will be called the Mazda CX-5.

Mazda gave us a sneak peak at what we can expect the CX-5 to look like with the Minagi Concept that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, last month. The crossover will be the first Mazda to incorporate Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion.’ The design theme debuted on the Shinari concept.

The CX-5 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, with sales starting in early 2012.


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– The First of Mazda’s Next-Generation Products to Blend SKYACTIV Technology with KODO Design –

HIROSHIMA, Japan, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5. It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI Concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (81e Salon International de l’Auto de Geneve) in March of this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens to the public on April 22, 2011.

The CX-5 will be the first production vehicle to incorporate Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ as debuted on the Mazda SHINARI concept car, as well as the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis. The CX-5 will join Mazda’s global line-up in 2012.

The “CX” in CX-5 represents Mazda’s line-up of crossover SUV vehicles, which also includes the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9. The CX-5 will be the compact model in the series.

The Mazda CX-5 will make its international debut at the 64th IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) Motor Show to be held in Frankfurt, Germany in September 2011.