Mazda Reveals CX-5 For The First Time

Mazda reveals CX-5 for the first time

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The Mazda CX-5 made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show today months before it arrives in UK showrooms.

The compact SUV crossover is the first Mazda ever to be built using Skyactiv technology, the name given to new lightweight building materials, more efficient engines and transmission and a redesigned chassis.

The result is one of the most efficient compact SUVs on the market with CO2 emissions under 120g/km in diesel versions - enough to qualify for zero first year road tax.

Fuel economy is improved as well (62.8mpg in the diesel) thanks to advances in the 2,0-litre 165PS petrol engine and the 2.2-litre 175PS diesel.

With 500 litres of boot space and the typical raised ride height associated with the SUV segment, the Mazda CX-5 is designed to match practicality with efficiency.

Based on an all-new platform, the Mazda CX-5 is the first car to use the next generation of Mazda design, known as Kodo, or 'Soul of Motion'.

The result is an aerodynamic body shape modelled on, says Mazda, the cheetah. However, it also boasts the design features the chunky, sturdy style of a typical SUV as well.

Available in two- and four-wheel drive, the Mazda CX-5 is designed to sit below the larger Mazda CX-7 in the Mazda range, where it will go up against the likes of the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai.

Interior options have not been revealed by Mazda, but reference has been made to 'enhanced equipment' in the newest car produced by the Japanese manufacturer.

Prices have not been revealed either, but the first models are due to arrive in the UK in 2012.