Mazda’s totally into SUVs now. The Tribute was their first taste – and the CX-9 and CX-7 are proof that there’s some zoom-zoom potential in crossover utes. Now, Mazda may be filling out its bottom end with a CX-5 based on the Hakaze concept from Geneva. The new ute would carry over some of the concept’s features, like its four-seat interior and split tailgate. The doors of the ute, though, would be like those on the RX-8 – two front-hinged, and two rear-hinged for better backseat access. All-wheel drive is certain. What’s not certain, AE says, is a production date for the CX-5. Not officially confirmed yet, it could come as soon as 2010.
March 23, 2007
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