This autumn, the new Mazda5 will reach showrooms across Europe as successor to Mazda's first-generation compact multi-activity vehicle (C-MAV). The original model was popular with families looking for superior functionality in a compact and safe package, with Mazda's typical fun-to-drive dynamics. Since market launch in 2005, Mazda5 has attracted 500,000 owners worldwide, 175,000 of them in Europe. It has also won 37 automotive awards, and has consistently been voted one of Europe's most reliable and safe compact MPVs.
The new Mazda5 was developed from the ground up to carry over this successful tradition with an appealing combination of great exterior styling, superior safety, and interior functionality that exceeds what people expect of a C-MAV - while being even better to drive. Not only does it have an New exterior with an almost sedan-like sporty look and an enhanced driving experience; but also two sliding back doors, a very large rear-door opening, leg room in the second and third rows that is one of the segment's largest, bigger and more comfortable seats, instruments that are easier to use, and high levels of seat flexibility and functionality. To this it adds a quieter cabin, new materials and fabrics, and appealing operating costs with new powertrains that deliver driving fun coupled to double-digit reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions versus the previous Mazda5. These features - and a long list of standard equipment - make the new Mazda5 even better at meeting the demands of European families with active lifestyles.
The new Mazda5 has a completely new exterior that employs Nagare-flow design, which has won design awards on Mazda concept cars. These elements, coupled to the new Mazda face, a 'hidden' D-pillar and new horizontal rear lamps endow it with an appeal that is unique to the C-MAV segment. On the inside, the Mazda5 has a new dashboard, steering wheel and centre stack, along with new seats, materials, colours and seat fabrics for enhanced quality feel.
With a wheelbase of 2,750mm, an overall width of 1,750mm and an overall height of 1,615mm, the new Mazda5 delivers the perfect package for seating up to seven people comfortably, while also delivering great manoeuvrability. The new model is 80mm longer than the current model, at 4,585mm, because of its highly sculptured front end design that insures superior aerodynamic performance and improved pedestrian protection.
A new engine joins the updated MZR 1.8 petrol in the powertrain line-up of the new Mazda5. Mazda's new MZR 2.0 DISI petrol engine with i-stop technology replaces the current 2.0-litre petrol, and delivers double-digit reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.Published 6 October 2010