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More details of the 2012 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover have been revealed overnight at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


The all-new Mazda CX-5 promises to be a leader in the SUV market from an efficiency perspective, thanks to the widespread implementation of the Japanese brand’s innovative SkyActiv technology.

The SkyActiv-D 2.2-litre diesel engine is a state-of-the-art Euro 6-compliant unit. According to European standards, the diesel engine (teamed with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission) will use just 4.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emit 119g/km CO2.

The Australian tune of the engine – expected to be the higher output 129kW/420Nm unit – will use slightly more fuel than the quoted 110kW/380Nm tune. The figure will also creep up slightly under Australian standards, but is still likely be around 5.0 litres/100km when it hits local showrooms. All-wheel drive and six-speed automatic variants will also use marginally more fuel.

At that rate, the CX-5 should eclipse all current diesel-powered SUV competitors, including the Hyundai ix35/Kia Sportage (7.5 litres/100km), Mitsubishi ASX (5.9 litres/100km) and the Peugeot 3008 (5.1 litres/100km). The quirky MINI Countryman D achieves combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.4 litres/100km, but arguably occupies a different section of the market.

The SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine also promises to be close to the top of its class from a fuel economy perspective. With 121kW of power and 210Nm of torque, the FWD manual boasts European figures of 6.0 litres/100km, which will climb slightly in Australia but will still come in below 6.5 litres/100km. Again, adding AWD and the auto transmission will lead to higher figures, but it will still be more fuel efficient than the top sellers in the compact SUV class.

The Mazda CX-5 is expected to go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2012, at which time it will replace the Mazda CX-7, which is a larger design that has been on sale in Australia since 2006.

More details will be revealed closer to the Mazda CX-5’s Australian launch next year.

  • Lucii Pooky

    Great figures!

    Price it right and give us all the goodies (no scabbing like Kia) and sales will soon become best in class!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.zaharis Peter Zaharis

    I am really liking the looks of the CX-5. That diesel engine looks like it will be a cracker. And the inside is looking very nice.
    It sounds like the CX-5 be a winner for Mazda.
    I am curious to see what the pricing is going to be. If it replaces the CX-7 Then can we expect it to be prices the same?

    • Fluffy Dog

      Methinks that you could the price list on the Subaru Forester, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV, work out an average for each spec level (stripper, standard and bits added on version) and that will be pretty close to how much this puppy will cost in its various spec levels.

      Tack on 2-3K for the diesel.

      So I think well over 40K for a mid spec diesel AWD auto with no deals for a while. Still looks like good value compared to the very tired offerings from the other Japanese makers.

      • Fluffy Dog

        Forgot about the Tiguan. That would be Mazda’s benchmark…

    • Matt

      Talking to a Mazda dealer, expect aggressive pricing. The front wheel manual will probably be around mid $20k’s (ASX pricing), with probably 3 spec levels with petrol and diesel options. Expect top spec auto being under $40k.

      If that is the case other companies will have to drop their prices, in particularly VW with the Tiguan.

      In terms of looks, it looks a lot more mature then Mazda’s other offerings. A lot of IX35 in it (not that is a bad thing). Compare the 2 and there are a lot of similar lines, particularly on the rear. The mazda excutes it better though. Interior looks 1st class.

      • http://www.facebook.com/peter.zaharis Peter Zaharis

        I think this is where we have the question. Will it be under 40 or mid – high 40s for a top spec model. If it does go for around 40 or a bit under then I can espect it to sell like hot cakes.
        I would seriously be considering it as our second car if that is the case.
        Although I would like to see how much space you have in the boot as well.

      • Ewfef

         LOL try more like $55,000 drive away for the top spec model

  • TonyB

    They are good numbers but don’t forget they are talking about a front-wheel drive manual. I doubt the comment “All-wheel drive and six-speed automatic variants will also use marginally more fuel”. As a rough guide, I always thought AWD added another 0.5 l/100km with an auto anywhere between 0.5-1.0 l/100km. So this would take the efficiency over 6 l/100km. Still good, but then the X3 30d with its 3 litre diesel and heavier car already does 6.0 l/100km (albeit with an 8-speed auto and auto stop/start). Yes I know it costs more but we are just comparing technologies here.

  • K20A

    Mazda has been coming up with truly good stuff for the past 10 years.. but this car looks unlike anything that ever comes out of Japan (or anywhere outside Europe for that matter).

    Understated, sporty design, checked.. fuel efficient, state of the art diesel and petrol engine, check.. last but best of all.. classy interior that does away with scattered buttons and plastic chrome, check!

    I’ll say this is the best interior that comes out of Japan.. and yes (I’ll get a lot of haters for this).. that includes Lexus!

    • F10c

      Sorry but every Lexus model, Toyota Kluger Grande, Honda Accord & Accord Euro have better interior then this..

      You cannot compare Lexus because they make world class interior quality, design and execution..

      (Not to mention all those cars are older then this because this isn’t out yet)

      • Yeti Man

        Except Lexus digital clock. Way too basic. IMO

      • K20A

        Kluger Grande? you gotta be kidding me.. dash looks like tonka toys.

        Both Honda I am very familiar with, I’ve had them both from work.. Euro I can tolerate, but Accord is a mess..

        Lexus makes world class car (arguably one of the highest quality). But design and execution.. not so much. To me Lexus’ dash is a mess.. too many buttons, fonts and colours inconsistencies (not too mention ‘the clock’). A relative has the GS. Great car, but I can’t comprehend why use both Serif and Sans-serif fonts on the dash.. it’s not a Letraset you know! :)

    • Bangel

      Spot on that interior is very euro better than any lexus , simplicity , thats the key , very close to a VW .

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

        The 3 series interior is Euro.. Also the. BMW X1, I wouldn’t call them quality and beauty

        • Bangel

          German interiors are far superior to lexus , way too fussy .

          Lexus problem is its all made for the boring US market all style . simplicity is the key .

  • Kris

    Awesome economy for what is a powerful, free revving diesel, don’t forget the diesel in the CX-5 will rev to 5000rpm so it should be a hoot to drive with all that torque. Word is the CX-5 also has a 500 litre boot which is larger than the CX-7.

    • Peter Stone

      Not if the power drops off at 3000rpm it won’t be

      • Kris

        Pre-release models reviewed recently indicate that power is strong all the way to 4500rpm, and then it tapers off towards 5000rpm.

  • Peter Stone

    Front looks like a korando made out with a captiva 7

  • Μr Gaspo

    Priced right Mazda sales will bury Honda and scare the Koreans. I love competition!

  • davie

    nice performance and consumption figures.

    Good luck to Mazda for taking such a big step to greatly refine its technologies. I hope they are rewarded with good sales.

    I’m greatly interested in their auto (which apparently has lock-up torque convertor on all gears). I hope it will provide a connected feeling similar to a manual or DSG.

  • Freddo

    Argh my eyes…thats as ugly as the x1

  • F10c

    Mazda is a very strong company in AUstralia, if you look at ther other top 5 which are Toyota, Ford, Holden & Hyundai they sell many cars to fleets etc..

    Mazda sales are almost 100% sold to private buyers, which is very impressive..

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Plus Mazda as a company is quite a bit smaller than the other 4. They really punch well above their weight, in Australia at least! It is interesting how in basically every other country, they are no where near as popular and are just regarded as that “quirky little Japanese car company” that makes strange looking cars!

      • Coolcar

        Mazda owned Ford & Hyundai last month.. And 99.9% of sales went to private buyers which mean strong profits on every single car they sell..

        Mazda = Success

  • K-Pop

    Any idea what’s going to happen to the CX-7? Will they still continue this model next year? I like the CX5 but it’s just a tad too small….it’s more like a Dualis size.

    • Matt

      the CX-7 is probably going to be quietly dropped.

      The CX-5 is only 15cm shorter then the CX-7 but apparently makes a lot better use of space and is supposed to have more back seat leg room and comparable (if not bigger) boot space.

  • Peter

    I am disappointed that this car remains in the RAV4 Hyundai ix35 category. I had hoped that it might be a direct competitor for the ASX and Dualis. Having said that, I can see that, as a small maker with a small range, they needed a car to replace the CX7, which as not been successful in terms of sales. The other point for potential buyers to note is that in this range there is a definite decision to make between petrol and diesel. Expect the petrol to be both powerful and efficient. If you are looking for a city and country crossover, don’t need towing or off road capacity and can get a powerful, efficient petrol motor auto for say low 30s, why buy diesel?

    • Su

      Can’t Mazda just leave the CX-7? It would give them strengths in the SUV segment, CX-5, CX-7 & CX-9..

  • Bangel

    Mazda seem to do no wrong with their designs , the only jap co with style and that interior , very euro , well done .

  • Bart

    i hops they keep the CX7…… I think the CX5 looks good but the larger CX7 would be good to keep as a larger option for families.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

      It would be a very stupid move for Mazda to get rid of the CX-7..

  • o

    looks great except the interior screen looks 5 years behind – did they run out of time and shove that in.

    • K20A

      Yes, you’re right. Interior is fantastic in general but that double-din head unit looks decidedly aftermarket.

      I’m just going to squint and ignore that bit.. the rest is perfect.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        I see nothing wrong with the “head unit”. Makes it so much easier to “upgrade” than all of the integrated units that seem to be common now….

  • max rockastani

    wow all you people have way to much time on your hands

  • Heath

    mazda if you make the diesel good spec less than 40k you have my sale right here !

  • ob

    The CX-7 comes with an optional luxury sports model with 175kw. If they can manage to spec a CX-5 to around the same then they may have me hooked (provided pricing is under that of the 7).

  • Steven

    It also looks like they’ve designed proper seats designed for people over 5 feet tall who need support under their thighs and with more tilt in the seat to take the weight off the spine.

    Can’t wait to sit in one to confirm!