What is it? Mazda introduced its Minagi concept at the New York auto show, giving America its first look at the concept vehicle that represents the upcoming CX-5 crossover. Treated as a styling exercise, the company hasn’t released details on the CX-5 mechanicals yet. It is assumed that it will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive and that it will be powered by a four-cylinder engine.
What’s new or notable? With the Minagi concept, Mazda is promoting a new term: Skyactive. This name represents technologies that lead to reduced fuel consumption and emissions, such as increased compression ratios, direct injection, reduced engine weight, and efficient six-speed automatic transmission.
CR’s take: Sized like a Honda CR-V, though arguably more stylish, the CX-5 may have stronger appeal to small SUV shoppers than the more trucklike, Ford-shared Tribute that it essentially replaces.
When will it be available? Early 2012.