2012 Mazda CX-5: First Look

August 2, 2011
2012 Mazda CX-5

2012 Mazda CX-5

Mazda is giving consumers an advance look at its brand-new compact crossover, the 2012 CX-5, ahead of its world debut at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. For family buyers, there’s a lot to like.

For starters, the styling of the CX-5, which is the replacement for the current Mazda Tribute, is dramatic. The CX-5 is the production version of the Minagi concept vehicle shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It’s also the first Mazda vehicle to showcase the automaker’s “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design theme previously seen on the Shinoda concept.

But perhaps the biggest news in the CX-5 is the SKYACTIV technology it features. Again, this is the first production vehicle from Mazda to get the super green technology that includes gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, and body and chassis design.

In Europe, the CX-5 will be powered by SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline and SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel engines.

When sales of the 2012 Mazda CX-5 begin in the U.S. next year, however, look for only gasoline engines to be offered.  No details are available from Mazda yet, but the automaker has confirmed that diesel and gasoline engines will come in a standard and high-powered version.

In addition, the CX-5 will feature an engine start-stop system, more fuel-efficient transmissions, a lighter suspension setup and a more rigid, but lighter, body constructed from high-strength steel.

Look for more information on the 2012 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover as its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show gets closer.

[MotorAuthority, Mazda via GreenCarReports]

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