2012 SEMA Show: Mazda CX-5 Dempsey Concept

Article by Christian A., on November 1, 2012

Mazda named a new compact crossover after TV and movie actor Patrick Dempsey that it dubbed the CX-5 Dempsey. It is currently on display at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Dempsey got the honor for having raced competitively for many years. He has participated in the Rolex Grand Am series, behind the wheels of Mazda RX-8 race cars for a team he owns.

The CX-5 Dempsey is based on Mazda’s new compact crossover and features matte black and “Anatomy Gray” paint with red detailing (obviously named after Dempsey’s hit show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’). The vehicle comes with a Bicycle S-Works Tarmac road bike and a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box. It rides on 20-inch black chrome wheels with red detailing while it also features a Racing Beat dual exhaust system.

The cabin’s interior has been updated to feature new seating surfaces that use black perforated leather inserts and gray bolsters with red accents. In addition, leather was used to cover the steering wheel, shift boot, armrests, door panels and center storage bin with contrasting Luminous Red stitching throughout.

Its most significant feature is its original powerplant. It comes with a new 2.2-liter diesel Skyactiv engine that delivers 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Nonetheless, some may argue that this CX-5 crossover should have been made sportier or given more spectacular features.

There’s more than meets the eye with the new Mazda CX-5. It enters the compact crossover SUV competition with its exquisite driving passion that characterizes the Mazda badge. The CX-5 sets to ignite a different form of emotion with its perfect blend of impressive performance and innovative style. Built with a fresh design platform, the CX-5’s “KODO – Soul of Motion” design takes its inspiration from the strength and grace of nature and the power of motion.

Mazda initially launched the KODO design with the 4-door sports coupe Mazda Shinari in 2010, and the compact crossover SUV Mazda Minagi which precedes the CX-5. Beginning with the Mazda CX-5, KODO will be adopted to usher in a new batch of modern Mazda cars that are created with a greater sense of speed, force, and soul of motion.

Overflowing with sensitivity, agility and energy, the spirit of KODO is seen in the way animals move. The designers and engineers of the Mazda CX-5 especially focused its research on cheetahs, the king of speed in the animal kingdom, studying the mechanisms of its body in functioning like a spring. Enthused by its impressive poise and dexterity, the team in Mazda employs KODO to set the appearance and interiors of the SUV to a greater level.

The outcome is an elegant exterior that expresses a sophisticated form of motion and promises an exceptional SUV performance while maintaining the ideal strength and convenience that the SUV is known for.

Combining form with function

Mazda developers aimed for a competitive design that achieves a near-perfect balance among form, performance and function. This active and powerful blend of Mazda’s drama and dynamism shall certainly meet the high expectations of a crossover SUV customer.

Press Release

Mazda CX-5 Dempsey Concept

The CX-5 Dempsey not only features actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey's name but it was developed with his competitive passions in mind – motorsports and cycling, to be more specific. Throughout his professional racing career, Dempsey and Mazda Motorsports have been familiar friends with Dempsey seeing seat time behind the wheel of an RX-8 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Sleek, sporty and stylishly dressed to take care of business, the CX-5 Dempsey features a high-contrast custom paint scheme of glossy grays and matte blacks with bright red highlights. Outfitted with a Specialized Bicycle S-Works Tarmac road bike and a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box, no road is unexplorable, whether it be a mountain trail or Manhattan traffic. Under the hood lurks a European-specification SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine to power the all-wheel-drive system, meaning no road is a challenge either.

The high-power clean diesel offers a low 14:1 compression ratio with an output of 129 kW at 4,500 rpm and 420 nM of torque at 2,000 rpm. Mated to a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, the CX-5 Dempsey offers racing-inspired dynamics and down-right driving fun – two things usually lacking in the compact SUV segment. The vehicle sits on Mazda Design-customized 20-inch black chrome alloy wheels encased in Michelin Latitude® Sport 255/45ZR20-sized all-season tires. Each wheel is highlighted with a single double-spoke painted in glossy Luminous Red, a color used in a limited fashion yet makes an appealing visual impact to the CX-5 Dempsey. Satin chrome touches in the Racing Beat dual exhaust complete the athletic ensemble.

The exterior color scheme was developed in coordination with the high-performance, competitive architecture of the Specialized Bicycle road racer. Secured to the rear of the vehicle via a Mazda factory hitch and Thule T2 carrier, the S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red features a Carbon Satin carbon fiber frame with Red Keyline highlights. To match, the CX-5 Dempsey is receives a glossy Anatomy Gray paint base with thick strips of striking Brilliant Black. Luminous Red graphic lines separate the dark layers as Bright White borders and "CX-5" decals emblazon expansive surfaces such as the doors, hood and cargo box. A Black Mica matte finish details the entire tailgate and continues across the lower portion of the vehicle as well as along the roofline to complete the bicycle's Carbon Satin look into the front hood. The design theme evokes a rugged functionality and tempered finesse.

The composed aggression is maintained throughout the interior as well. Black perforated leather inserts are nestled within gray aniline leather bolsters featuring red accents which correlate directly with exterior graphics. All leather wrapped, the steering wheel, shifter boot, armrests, door panels, center storage bin as well as front and rear seats feature contrasting Luminous Red stitching. The full-length decorative panel is custom painted in glossy Brilliant Black and features a single Luminous Red outline with a Bright White vehicle model imprint. The CX-5 Dempsey conveys the ambition and awareness that beats within the heart of any competitor, regardless of the race route.

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