Mazda is the latest car maker to unveil a compact SUV in the shape of the CX-5, but the Japanese manufacturer has done things a little different with its latest crossover.
Instead of using hybrid or even electric technology for the new Mazda CX-5, Mazda has used lightweight materials, more efficient transmissions and greener engines to make the CX-5 more affordable to cost-conscious buyers.
The process, known as Skyactiv, includes the most aerodynamic design of any compact SUV without discarding the typical commanding design and raised ground height which typifies an SUV.
The Mazda CX-5 is the first Mazda car to be built completely using Skyactiv technology. This includes a choice of Skyactiv petrol and Skyactiv diesel engine, both match to Skyactiv, efficient gearboxes.
The result of the smaller, more efficient engines is to lower CO2 emissions to below 120g/km for the Mazda CX-5 150PS 2.2-litre diesel model - a remarkable achievement for a small SUV.
The petrol Mazda CX-5 uses a 2.0-litre engine and delivers 139g/km of CO2 emissions as well as 47mpg on the combined cycle.
Both engines are future-proof, according to Mazda. Both comply with Euro 6 emissions laws which will only come into effect late in 2014.
Available in two- or four-wheel drive, Mazda has confirmed the more efficient engines offer savings on emissions-based road tax and fuel consumption but thanks to breakthroughs in technology offer the same power output at larger engines.
The Mazda CX-5 is also the first car to use the new Kodo design language introduced by Mazda last year in the stunning Shinari supercar concept.
The language translates as 'Soul of Design' and is a flowing design with sweeping lines towards the rear to complement the chunky SUV styling of the CX-5.
The Mazda CX-5 is available to buy in the UK early next year and prices will be announced closer to launch.
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