2012 Mazda CX-5: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

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Mazda has taken the covers off the all-new 2012 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover ahead of its world debut next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The new crossover is the production version of the stylish Minagi concept vehicle unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and the first to feature Mazda’s new “Kodo - Soul of Motion” design language as seen on the previous Shinari concept.

Unique themes of the Kodo design language include a prominent new front view with a bolder family face and dynamic styling.

The 2012 Mazda CX-5 will also be the first model to feature Mazda’s new SKYACTIV green technologies encompassing gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions and body and chassis design.

There’s been no word yet as to which engines will feature in U.S. delivered models but for Europe, the CX-5 will come with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Both engines will come in standard and high power versions. Expect only the gasoline engines to be offered in the U.S.

In addition to new fuel efficient engines, we can also expect more fuel efficient transmissions, a lighter, yet more rigid body constructed from high strength steel, and a lighter suspension setup.

First sales will start early next year. In the meantime, follow our complete coverage of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show by clicking here.
 
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