By 2016, Mazda will be offering a new full-sized SUV and a B-segment 4x4 line-up, Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi told Autocar at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He also provided details about the two models, which are part of a series of 8 models. The first model in this batch is the CX-5, which came out last year.
The other key members of the new model generation include last year’s Mazda 6 saloon and the new Mazda 3hatchback, the B- segment and D-segment SUVs, together with the 2014 Mazda 2 supermini, the 2015 MX-5 sports car and a replacement for the Mazda 5 MPV. Sources told Autocar that the smallest of this trio of 4x4s is a truly new Mazda model.
They also divulged that it won’t share many aesthetic similarities with the CX-5, its bigger sibling. A Mazda spokesperson said that the CX-5 was the last model designed under Laurens van den Acker. He also said that most of its detailing remains current in thematic terms but in line with Mazda’s “Kodo’ design language,” this smaller crossover will be more good-looking and expressive.
Mazda embarked to enter the competitive compact crossover SUV segment with a car that could accomplish something beyond just incredible aesthetic looks. It required to summon a level of emotion and driving vigor deserving of the Mazda identification.
Hence, the all-new CX-5 is the first production model to highlight the organization's new "KODO - Soul of Motion" design theme. Roused by the magnificence and energy of nature alongside the concept of movement, the Mazda CX-5 accomplishes a remarkable harmony between style and execution.
KODO was first released in 2010 on the Mazda Shinari, a 4-door sports coupe concept, and after that the Mazda Minagi, the compact crossover SUV concept on which the Mazda CX-5 has been drawn from. Presently, beginning with the CX-5, KODO will represent the design of a totally new generation of Mazda vehicles: quicker, more compelling and more profound methods for movement.
Overflowing with life, emotion and dexterity, KODO's quintessence can be found in the motions of animals. In particular, Mazda CX-5 designers researched about cheetahs - the quickest land creatures - watching how they utilize their whole body as a spring, setting huge power into motion with unimaginable finesse and elegance. Inspired by such grandeur, the designers then embarked to push the appearance of an SUV to another level with KODO.
One outcome is a modern exterior that, while displaying SUV robustness and performance, strikingly extends a rich feeling of movement - and anticipation of a thrilling drive.