Spy pics of a Mazda SUV test mule have surfaced on Japanese websites. To us, it looks like the next-generation CX-5 that is slated for debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show; but our source website has juicier speculation - it is a seven-seater that will be known as the CX-6.
Pictures show a vehicle undergoing testing on European roads appearing barely larger than a CX-5, and having similar window lines to a CX-5. If this CX-6 is indeed a seven-seater, or a 5+2 for that matter, we are looking at very cramped third-row accommodations judging from the shape of the roofline and also the cut-off rear glass panel. Of course, this could also be an early prototype wearing a disguise body.
Speculation puts the vehicle’s measurements as stretching 4,690mm long, 1,840mm wide, and 1,695mm tall, putting it midway between the CX-5 (4,555mm × 1,840mm × 1,670mm) and CX-9 (5,075mm × 1,969mm × 1,747mm). These measurements are in fact very close to the now-discontinued CX-7 (4,681mm × 1,872mm × 1,646mm). It is possible that Mazda is working on this vehicle as a replacement for the CX-7.
In the engine room of the purported CX-6, Mazda’s 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel and the all-new 2.5-litre turbocharged SkyActiv-G petrol engine as introduced in the CX-9 are tipped to feature. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard and in typical Mazda fashion, both engines will be offered with front- and all-wheel drive configurations.
Separately, Japanese reports have also stated that the CX-4 coupe-styled crossover that debuted in China in June will be released in Japan next year; thereby confirming our earlier report that the CX-4 is planned to eventually go beyond China.