Mazda goes like the wind

An­other aero­dy­namic com­pact soft-roader will make its de­but soon, writes PAUL GOVER

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THE cross­over fam­ily of new-age Mazda wag­ons is set for an ad­di­tion. The com­pany has just re­vealed the latest in its se­ries of swoopy con­cepts, called the Kaza­mai (right), but in re­al­ity it is a pointer to a CX-5.

The CX-7 and the CX-9 are al­ready on the road and do­ing well across the world, but the CX-5 will give Mazda a sharp new con­tender in the com­pact soft-roader class against the Honda CR-V and Toy­ota RAV4.

The Kaza­mai — it means ‘‘swirling cross­winds’’ in Ja­panese — will be re­vealed next month at the Moscow In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Salon.

Press in­for­ma­tion says the Kaza­mai de­sign is in­tended to be ‘‘spir­ited and fun to drive, with com­pact di­men­sions’’.

‘‘The con­cept’s four-wheel-drive Mazda pow­er­train will con­sist of a next-gen­er­a­tion di­rect-in­jec­tion en­gine and a newly de­vel­oped trans­mis­sion. It is also aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient, with an evolved light­weight and ro­bust body struc­ture that con­trib­utes to the ve­hi­cle’s dy­nam­ics and safety,’’ Mazda says.

‘‘If it were to be built, Mazda’s latest show­car would de­liver ex­cit­ing driv­ing dy­nam­ics, fru­gal fuel con­sump­tion and greatly re­duced CO2 emis­sions.’’

The me­chan­i­cal plat­form for a CX-5 would come from the Ford Kuga, a RAV4 ri­val that is al­ready sell­ing well in Europe. It has the all­wheel-drive sys­tem that Mazda wants for a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Kaza­mai.

The di­rect-in­jec­tion en­gine fit­ted to the con­cept car could be ei­ther petrol or diesel. Mazda is look­ing at both and has al­ready de­vel­oped diesels for its Mazda3 and Mazda6 to boost sales in Europe.

The CX-5 would also be ex­pected to come with a DSG-style manu-matic gear­box sim­i­lar to the ones that have been so suc­cess­ful for Volk­swa­gen and are now also in use by BMW with its M3 and Porsche with its up­dated 911.

The CX-5 plan is likely to ad­vance from a Kaza­mai dream to a Zoom-Zoom re­al­ity within two years, even if the com­pany is only talk­ing vaguely about its work.

It would lose the 22-inch wheels from the mo­tor show ma­chine and get rear doors.

‘‘There is such po­ten­tial in the com­pact SUV mar­ket that we want a car here to­day. If Mazda was to green-light some­thing for pro­duc­tion we would do ev­ery­thing we could to get our share,’’ Aus­tralian com­pany spokesman Glenn But­ler says.

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