So far, critics are impressed with the CX-5’s design, which sports a different look than its larger CX-7 and CX-9 siblings. “It's a good-looking crossover, this CX-5, keeping true to Mazda's original Minagi concept that first bowed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year,” says Autoblog. “What's more, the CX-5 will be a much-welcomed replacement for the Ford-supplied Tribute crossover – a vehicle that never really set the sales charts on fire.”
But the CX-5 isn’t just a pretty face. Mazda also got creative inside its newest SUV. “A 5.8-inch color touch screen will also occupy the top of the center stack for infotainment-system control and display,” writes Autoweek. “In the rear, Mazda claims class-leading rear legroom for the new CX-5, along with a unique 40-20-40 split rear seat. The center section can fold flat, essentially creating two bucket seats with room to slide long cargo through to maximize space.”
Mazda says in a press release that the Euro-spec CX-5 will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection and will be available in early 2012. A diesel-powered model is also slated for production internationally, but there’s no word yet on whether that model will hit U.S. soil.
Pricing and release date have yet to be announced, but Autoweek reports that, “Full U.S. specifications are expected with the CX-5 North American launch at the Los Angeles auto show.”
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