In keeping with Mazda’s recent naming conventions for crossover vehicles, the manufacturer has confirmed that the replacement for the outgoing Mazda Tribute will be called the CX-5. Based on the Mazda Minagi concept shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the CX-5 will be the first vehicle in Mazda’s lineup to feature the new design language (called “Kodo”) and to benefit from Mazda’s “SkyActiv” suite of technologies. SkyActiv is a blanket name for Mazda’s fuel saving designs, which include advancements in engine, transmission, body and chassis technologies.
The Mazda Minagi concept will be shown at this week’s New York Auto Show, where it will make its North American debut. The CX-5, which should look very much like the Minagi concept, is expected to make its first appearance at this September’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Mazda anticipates adding the CX-5 to their global product line in 2012, probably as a 2013 model.
Mazda’s current Tribute was to be called the CX-5 after a 2006 redesign, but the company opted to maintain the Tribute name since the vehicle was an update and not a complete redesign. The new CX-5 will be a significant vehicle for Mazda; the company needs a competitive vehicle in this segment, so there’s quite a bit riding on the success of the upcoming CX-5.