Who said you have to wait until September to see what the world premiere of the new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover? We’ve got a sneak peek of what changes you can expect to see in the baby CX-7.
We’ve already filled you in on the spanking-new Mazda CX-5, which will be the first of the Zoom-Zoom brand’s new breed of products to feature its latest Skyactiv Technology engines and transmissions. The Skyactiv range of technologies consists of downsized, direct-injection engines that are more fuel-efficient than their predecessors, with new transmissions that are both more efficient and responsive.
The European-spec CX-5 will be equipped with a choice between a Skyactiv 2.0-liter gasoline or 2.2-literdiesel engine. Skyactiv engines won’t debut in the U.S. market until the facelifted 2012 Mazda3 – also appearing at the Frankfurt show – arrives in showrooms this fall with an efficient, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four bolted to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
A new “Kodo” design theme also incorporates crisp flowing lines very reminiscent to the Shinari and Minagi concept that debuted in Geneva, in which the smiling grille is replaced by a bolder-looking fascia.
For all your 2011 Frankfurt auto show coverage, stay tuned to Automobile Magazine. And in the meanwhile, tell us what you think of the styling of the new CX-5? Do you love it or hate it?