Next generation Mazda5 revealed

The wave-like style and side blades synonymous with a number of concept cars designed using the Nagare language since its creation in 2006 has been used for the new Mazda5 for the last time.

The result is a move away from the usual boxy, square dimensions of a compact MPV to create a ‘head turner’, according to chief designer Koji Tabata.

He said: "The Design philosophy for this car was ‘seductive smartness’ – making the Mazda5 alluring and tempting. We wanted to create a head turner."

Tabata says the design is not all about style, the suspension has been tweaked to allow for a smoother ride and the flowing lines are designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce noise.

The new seven-seat Mazda5 is more of an upgrade than a new model, with the familiar Mazda front end and a redesigned horizontal rear light cluster to give it a sportier look.

The sliding rear doors and versatile seat configuration system adds practicality to the Mazda5 and cleaner and more frugal engines and more safety features such as a brake override system have been added to the range.

The pick of the engines, engines is the new 2-litre petrol engine with start-stop technology helping to deliver 160g/km of CO2 – 17g/km less than previous versions. A smaller, 1.8-litre petrol will also be available from launch and a diesel unit will follow shortly after.

Mazda has focused on style and driving performance with the new Mazda5 in an attempt to show MPVs can be elegant and fun to drive.

“Price is a priority,” said programme manager Hideki Matsuoka, “but the car also has to be practical, emotional and elegant."

Starting at £17,500, the Mazda5 will arrive in UK showrooms in Autumn 2010.

As for the flowing Nagare design language, the man behind it, Laurens van den Acker, has left Mazda for a role at Renault, and Nagare is set to follow him out of the door.