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First Look: 2012 Mazda CX-5

First new offering with maker’s SkyActiv powertrain technology.

by on Aug.02, 2011

The new Mazda CX-5 crossover will first appear in Europe but will follow to the U.S. market, as well.

Mazda is offering the first official sneak peek at the latest in its expanding line of soft-roaders, the new CX-5 scheduled to make its first appearance in the sheet metal at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As with the recently launched Mazda5, the new crossover will bear the distinctive imprint of Mazda’s latest design language, dubbed Kodo. (For more on the Mazda5, Click Here.)  But perhaps more significant is the fact that the CX-5 will be the first new product from the Japanese maker to use Mazda’s new SkyActiv powertrain technology.

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Since all but splitting off from its longstanding ties to Ford Motor Co., Mazda intends to steer clear of hybrid technology – for now, at least – putting its emphasis on SkyActiv, a system that it claims will dramatically improve the fuel economy of both its gasoline and new diesel-powered engines.  Indeed, Mazda is on a path to become the first Japanese maker to offer an oil-burner option.