Mini-Minivan Gets the Nagare Style Makeover
From the February, 2010 issue of Motor Trend
Mazda is continuing to update its full lineup of vehicles with its
new "Nagare" design philosophy and the latest up to the plate is the
mini-minivan Mazda5 which is bowing at the 2010 Geneva show. In addition
to looking happier, it will make owners happier knowing they're
producing 15 percent less pollutants than the outgoing model.
the notable updates to the Mazda5 are external, particularly in front,
where the Mazda5 is the latest model to get the big, smiling grille
that's polarized many car fans. Past it, the Mazda5 also gets a bevy of
character lines running up its sides along the dual sliding doors. More
than just updated styling, Mazda says the new look also improves
aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Inside, the six passenger seats
can be arranged several ways to maximize passenger and storage space. A new
"karakuri" configuration for the second-row seats allows them to be
converted into more storage space as well.
2011 Mazda5 goes on sale in Europe this fall, it will feature a
2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder engine with "i-stop,"
which shuts down the engine when the car is stopped. A
1.8-liter gasoline engine will also be available and both engines come
standard with a six-speed manual transmission. U.S. models likely will
not have the i-stop technology nor the manual transmission, as neither
is expected to be ordered by a significant number of U.S. customers.