Mazda has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2012 Mazda CX-5 a month before its official unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new SUV is based on the Minagi Concept and could be slotted underneath the current Mazda CX-7, or even replace the CX-7 altogether.
Based on the Minagi Concept, the Mazda CX-5 adopts Mazda's latest Kodo design language, showcasing a distinct chrome-rimmed open-mouth grille and a sharp front fascia and headlight design.
Specific details of the powertrain options haven't been fully revealed yet, although Mazda has confirmed the new SUV will feature plenty of SkyActiv technology. This will include a fuel-efficient 2.2 SkyActiv-D diesel engine producing 129kW and 420Nm, with an emissions rating of just 120g of CO2 per kilometre.
Other SkyActiv technologies are also applied to the chassis, which is made on Mazda's new modular platform. The platform is said to be highly versatile and interchangeable, and could be used on anything from the Mazda3 to the CX-7. It will offer high rigidity while maintaining a relatively lightweight nature.
CarAdvice spoke with Mazda Australia's Steve Maciver about the new model and asked if it will replace or fall underneath the CX-7. Unfortunately, such details have not been revealed yet.
"So far we haven’t made any announcement on where the CX-5 will slot into the line-up in relation to the CX-7," but confirms that it "will go on sale in 2012 in Australia."
More details of the CX-5 are expected to be revealed next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. We look forward to providing the full coverage. In the meantime, feel free to tell us what you think of the new vehicle and the new design in the comments section below.