New Mazda CX-5 set for UK launch

The crossover SUV is a big breakthrough for Mazda because it is the first of the ‘next generation’ cars to use its eco-friendly ‘Skyactiv’ technology.

This means lighter build materials, a redesigned chassis, new gearboxes and ultra-efficient engines to reduce running costs and the environmental impact of the Mazda CX-5.

The design of the Mazda CX-5 is focused on improving aerodynamics and Mazda says it will be the most aerodynamic car in the compact SUV segment when it arrives early in 2012.

The new Mazda CX-5 will feature Mazda’s new 2.0-litre Skyactiv petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel option.

Mazda has rejected hybrid and electric cars in favour of improving petrol and diesel technology and as a result, the petrol option emits just 139g/km of CO2 emissions and the diesel option emits just 119g/km despite delivering 165PS and 175Ps respectively.

This means diesel models come with free first year Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK and become some of the first UK engines to qualify for Euro 6 emissions standards – regulations only set to come into force in 2015.

The new Mazda CX-5 sits below the larger Mazda CX-7 in the Mazda range but it does not take after its larger sibling in terms of looks.

Instead the car is the first to use Mazda’s Kodo design language, which was first displayed on the impressive Shinari supercar concept.

Designed with two- and four-wheel drive options, the Mazda CX-5 looks like an SUV. It features the raised ground height, bulging wheel arches and commanding driving position associated with the segment.

However, it also features a curved roofline and a sportier feel in keeping with the brand’s focus on driving agility and handling.

The Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in the UK in 2012 and prices will be announced closer to its launch date.