It's a bit smaller than the current CX-7, almost like a chopped Mazda3 hatch with wider guards and an all-wheel drive system.
The chassis of the car is said to match that of the Mazda3's as well.
Regardless of whether it will be called the Mazda CX-5, or even the CX-3, reports say it will be powered by the Mazda Sky-G and Sky-D engines.
Judging by the wheel arch gaps, it doesn't appear to be a very keen off-road car, rather, more of a soft-roader.
Either way, it was seen in northern Europe undergoing some thorough winter testing, presumably to hone the car's all-wheel drive system.
Reports say it is expected to be unveiled some time in late 2011.