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Although we currently don’t get the Mazda5 in Australia (or the Mazda Premacy as it was known here), the next generation of Mazda’s compact people-carrier, has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

The previous model filled the people mover gap in the Mazda lineup, providing an affordable yet reliable and classy 7-seat people mover.

The Mazda5 was originally launched in 2005, and over 470,000 units have been sold to date. The new Mazda5 is carrying Mazda’s new design DNA, the “Nagare Flow” elements.

Mazda says the focus was not just on looks but also on “superb aerodynamics”. Practicality is plenty as well with dual sliding rear doors as well as easy step-in access. The new Mazda5 also has improved seats and more intuitive and easier to use instruments.

Depending on the regional market power-sliding rear doors are also available.

Power plants include an eco-friendly 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine that makes use of the new Mazda i-stop system. This means 15 per cent less CO2 emissions than the engine it replaces.

There will also be a 1.8-litre petrol engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. Mazda has not left out the diesel lovers either with the option available as well.

Mazda says the Mazda5 has the segment’s lowest coefficients of drag (Cd: 0.30) and combined with the new engines and fuel saving technologies, it will be hard to beat.

The Mazda5 is destined for families with active lifestyles according to the company, so we do have to wonder if it will work in Australia?

Would you be interested in buying a Mazda5 at the right price?




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