Mazda has released pictures of its new Minagi concept car – a compact crossover SUV that’s set to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Mazda Minagi displays Mazda’s new ‘Kodo’ design language, and is the first Mazda to fully embrace the company’s new ‘Skyactiv’ eco technology.
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Mazda Minagi: the Mazda CX-5 in disguise?
Official details about the concept are so far scarce, but it is expected the Minagi previews the forthcoming Mazda CX-5.
The CX-5 will take on other crossovers in the family car sector. Initial reports suggest it will be based on a modified version of the Mazda 3 platform, placing it in competition with vehicles such as the and Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.
The initial images suggest a very strong visual design – ‘pent-up energy bursting with vitality as the vehicle nimbly navigates a sprawling urban cityscape’ according to Mazda. And the Skyactiv technologies under the Minagi’s skin mean it should prove highly efficient.
Skyactiv – a total package of green technology
Skyactiv is Mazda’s term for a complete package of green technologies.
This includes Sky-G petrol engines and Sky-D diesel engines – which are already on the way to production, and feature sophisticated direct injection and friction-reducing technology. New Skyactiv transmissions will include dual-clutch designs similar to Volkswagen’s DSG.
The Minagi also has a Skyactiv-Body – significant weight-saving measures that Mazda says are achieved without compromising safety. Mazda already has a good track record in this regard with the current Mazda2, which is both lighter and much safer than the model it replaced.
The new Mazda Minagi concept will form the centrepiece of Mazda’s Geneva 2011 show stand. More details to follow nearer the 1 March unveiling date.
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