Mazda confirms name for CX-5 crossover

The name was widely predicted to be used for full production versions of the crossover, which was unveiled as the Minagi concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

It will sit below the larger Mazda CX-7 in the Japanese manufacturer’s range, where it will compete with the growing number of SUV-styled crossover cars being released in the next 12 months.

The launch of the Mazda CX-5 is a first for Mazda, which will use the Kodo (Soul of Motion) design language in a full production car for the first time.

It will also be the first in Mazda’s line-up to fully use its new SKYACTIV technology, which not only refers to the lightweight construction, aerodynamics and transmission of the car, but also to a next generation of petrol and diesel engines.

The SKYACTIV engines will be introduced to the Mazda2 and Mazda3 this year, but the CX-5 will be the first model to be built entirely using the environmental techniques and materials.

The result will be a 15 per cent reduction in weight compared to similar-size cars, according to Mazda, and with this will come gains in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Mazda plans to sell the car in the UK from 2012 and the final, production-ready vehicle will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.

The final version is likely to closely mirror the concept car, which itself is based on the flowing lines and low profile of the Shinari concept sports car, first unveiled in 2010.

Prices for the compact CX-5 crossover will be announced early next year when the car arrives in UK Mazda dealerships.