* UPDATED: Official press release and high-res photos added.
At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, Mazda will debut a new compact SUV concept by the name of Minagi. The model will enter production as the CX-5 and as the first SUV to be produced under the direction of Mazda’s latest design director, Ikeo Maeda.
The new CX-5 will be Mazda’s rival for the compact crossover market and will rival the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 – among many others.
Note: These two images were leaked on the internet earlier today – an official release of the Mazda Minagi is scheduled for Jan. 19.
Mazda Minagi Concept:
Mazda MINAGI Concept to Showcase Mazda’s All-new SKYACTIV Technologies and KODO Design at the Geneva Motor Show
HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its new MINAGI compact crossover SUV concept car during the press days of the 2011 Geneva motor show, which is being held from March 1-13, 2011. The Mazda MINAGI concept fully embraces Mazda’s new SKYACTIV technologies and its new design theme, KODO – Soul of Motion. The exciting MINAGI concept is the forerunner to the launch of Mazda’s upcoming next-generation products and symbolizes the evolution of the Mazda brand as it begins a new era.
The Mazda MINAGI is a compact crossover SUV concept that combines Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies – which represent the harmony between driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance – with emotional KODO design that communicates pent up energy bursting with vitality as the vehicle nimbly navigates a sprawling urban cityscape. Fully introducing SKYACTIV technologies throughout, MINAGI is equipped with a SKYACTIV engine and SKYACTIV transmission fitted to a SKYACTIV-Body and chassis that merge comprehensive weight reduction with the assurance of ample safety features.
Mazda’s stand at the Geneva show will also feature new SKYACTIV technology exhibits and the
Mazda SHINARI design concept car, among a wide range of products.
Officially titled the 81e Salon International de l’Auto de Genève, the show’s press days are March
1 and 2, and the public days are March 3-13, 2011. Mazda will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 1.
– By: Omar Rana