2012 Mazda CX-5

Mazda has just started to release details on its newest affordable compact SUV, the Mazda CX-5, which is set to debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The CX-5 will be smaller in stature than the Mazda CX-7, and Mazda says in a press release that, “The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda products that will adopt the full range of Mazda’s breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and new design theme, ‘KODO - Soul of Motion.’”

SkyActiv Technology on the CX-5 includes a new body and chassis, as well as all-new engines and transmissions. “Mazda announced that the European version of the CX-5 will be available with either a direct-injection 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine or a 2.2-liter diesel engine,” writes CNET. “In the U.S., Mazda will likely only offer the gasoline engine.”

Mazda says new SkyActiv components will also be featured in the updated Mazda3, which will join the CX-5 in Frankfurt on Sept. 13. “Mazda needs the CX-5, as well as the new 3, to resonate with consumers as soon as the cars begin shipping in early 2012,” says The New York Times. “Still reeling from the effects of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the automaker recently posted a quarterly loss of $327 million.”

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