The baby cross-over segment is experiencing a real boom of late. People don’t have the money to run vast gas guzzlers and so are opting for a scale model of their once prized 4X4. Mini, Nissan and Audi have all followed the trend and now it is Mazda’s turn with the CX-5.
It’s not bad looking is it? Using the new “Kudo” design language this little guy is an all new car, not simply a chopped up CX-7. Power comes from a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine producing 173BHP and 310lb ft of torque. The cars bigger brother, the CX-7, is a bit of an unsung hero as it really is rather good. With sharp new looks, a torquey little engine and CO2 emissions equaling that of the Audi Q5, this CX-5 looks to be right on the money.
The first examples are expected to hit UK roads in spring 2012.