2011 LA: 2013 Mazda CX-5 ready to go on sale early 2012

Mazda made its North American debut of the all-new 2013 CX-5 compact SUV model today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. As the first in the brand’s lineup to fully embrace Skyactiv Technology, the model is designed for overall efficiency, and has the best fuel economy in its class.

The CX-5 is a preview of whats to come for Mazda’s future designs and handling, efficiency, functionality, and design. “Entering an extremely competitive segment,” Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO MNAO says, “the all-new CX-5 has to offer more than just flash and features, but also has to preform and provide consumers with the dynamic response they’ve come to expect from Mazda – and it does.”

Power for the CX-5 is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 155-hp, mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Direct fuel-injection helps improve fuel economy with 26 mpg/city and 32 mph/highway on front-wheel drive, six-speed automatic models.

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Interior features include plenty of interior space, a 5.8-inch in-dash touch screen, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Release is currently scheduled for early 2012, when we see how the CX-5 does against cars like the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape.

– By: Alexandra Koken