It would be easy to get lost in the shuffle of all the concept cars and debuts of exotic-looking vehicles at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, but one item of significance – at least, to American families looking for a stylish and fuel-efficient five-passenger crossover – is the reveal of the all-new 2012 Mazda CX-5.
The replacement for the current Mazda Tribute, the CX-5 is a sleek and contemporary design that’s entirely different from the Tribute’s boxy, plain-Jane look. It’s also the first vehicle from Mazda to feature its super-green SKYACTIV technology, which includes gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, and body and chassis design. For more information on the design and SKYACTIV technology, see our earlier preview here.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5. Image: MazdaEnlarge Photo
Besides being one of the lightest vehicles in its class, the CX-5 is extremely aerodynamic as well. With a coefficient of drag of 0.33, the CX-5 should contribute to increased highway fuel economy. Around town, owners can expect boosts in city mileage courtesy of the Mazda “i-stop” system which automatically shuts off the engine after a few seconds of idle time.
While European versions of the CX-5 will receive diesel and gasoline powerplants, including two 2.2-liter diesel engines, it’s not clear yet whether a diesel will make it to the U.S. or, if it does, when. For now, however, we can be assured of getting the 2.0-liter gasoline engine making 163 horsepower.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in the U.S. next year.