It seems that Mazda’s infatuation with concept cars over the past six months won’t completely be for waste. The ‘Zoom-Zoom’ company is now reported to be developing a new crossover vehicle inspired by its Hakaze concept car that was displayed at the recent Geneva Motor Show. Auto Express reports that the new crossover will be labeled the CX-5 and will likely be designed as a SUV with coupe-like styling so as to not cannibalize sales of the more SUV-like Tribute.

Some of the unique features that are expected to be implemented in the CX-5 include a split-opening tailgate and removable targa-style roof panels. Inside, there’ll be seating available for four passengers who can access the cabin via suicide style rear doors as seen on the Mazda RX-8.

The CX-5 is expected to feature a partial AWD system, with drive being sent to the front wheels in most situations with the rears kicking in during loss of traction. The magazine suggests that we should see the new crossover by the end of the decade with pricing around the £18,000 mark.


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