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Minagi Concept Becomes Mazda CX-5

Posted: Apr 19, 2011 09:46 a.m.

In January, Mazda released the Minagi concept, a preview of the automaker’s latest compact SUV. Yesterday, Mazda announced that the Minagi will hit the market in 2012 as the Mazda CX-5.

This crossover’s name might seem familiar. That’s because the CX-5 will join Mazda’s two larger crossovers, the CX-7 and the CX-9. Of the three, the “CX-5 will be the compact model in the series,” Mazda states in a press release. As of yet, the automaker hasn’t said much else about the CX-5’s engine specifications or features, and only notes that the CX-5 reflects “Mazda's new design theme, 'KODO - Soul of Motion' as debuted on the Mazda SHINARI concept car, as well as the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis.”

The automotive industry has started translating Mazda’s vague press release. Kicking Tires writes, “Mazda’s next-generation fuel-efficient powertrains” could lead to “15% improvements in performance and fuel efficiency.” According to the New York Times, fuel economy gains could make up for the automaker’s lack of a hybrid powertrain.

As for pricing, Mazda hasn’t released any figures, but Inside Line speculates that this compact crossover won’t cost more than $20,000. That slots the CX-5 just below its larger sibling, the CX-7, which starts at $21,990.

The Mazda CX-5 makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

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