A new small crossover SUV called the CX-5 will be available from Mazda in February. The CX-5 will be the smallest of Mazda’s CX crossover series and will feature the sporty-but-economical SkyActiv motor from the Mazda 3 series.
New design philosophy behind new small SUV
Mazda is rolling out a brand-new small crossover SUV, the CX-5, in line with its new design language, called “kodo” or “soul of motion,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Mazda’s design languages, essentially, are guiding principles incorporated into the design of the vehicle. Mazda recently showed off the new model at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mazda also says that the car has influences of “jinba ittai” and “karakuri,” or a “feeling of one-ness” and “tricks,” which are clever mechanical gadgets. The CX-5 has a smooth, flowing exterior, which is a toned-down take on the company’s previous design language, “Nagare,” which was used in designing the current Mazda 5, according to AutoWeek.
Spacious but economical
Mazda asserts the CX-5 will have more legroom than its immediate competitors, which include other small crossovers like the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV-4. The rear bench seats can be split into a 40-20-40 configuration, where the middle “seat” folds flat into a center console with two bucket seats which, according to MotorTrend, will be a single-button operation. The rear seats will also fold flat for maximum storage space. According to the Los Angeles Times, there is 65.4 cubic feet of space once the seats are folded down.
It also comes with a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment and control panel in the center console and satellite navigation by TomTom.
The CX-5 will come with two- or four-wheel drive options and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. However, four-wheel drive will not be available on models equipped with a manual transmission. The CX-5 will come with the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine, which is currently available on the Mazda3. A diesel version may be available by 2014.
SkyActiv debuted with the 2012 Mazda3, according to the Los Angeles Times, and is noted for having a much higher compression ratio than most other cars in its class. Compression ratio, simply put, is a ratio of the volume of space inside a piston cylinder at its highest and lowest points of the compression cycle.
According to USA Today, the effect is that the detonation of gasoline is more forceful and the piston produces that much more mechanical “work.” The hitch, according to Car and Driver, is that high compression ratio engines produce much more heat, but Mazda have designed an exhaust system to extricate hot gas from the engine.
Available in February
The CX-5 is expected, according to Car and Driver, to get 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 highway for a two-wheel drive manual and 26/32 for the two-wheel drive automatic. The four-wheel drive automatic is expected to get 25 in the city and 30 on the highway. It will start appearing at Mazda dealerships in February and should cost about $20,000.