Mazda MX-Crossport Concept | Part Two

Mazda MX Crossport

Mazda MX-Crossport

"Our goal was to design a crossover that transcends the existing categories of SUV and crossovers and steps into the realm of sports car. We want to let people experience the world of sports cars every time they get behind the wheel," Koizumi added.

The MX-Crossport communicates a sense of motion and speed with its bold exterior design. It represents Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom spirit with its sporty appearance and at the same time provides many innovative elements and a comfortable atmosphere with ample space for four adults.

Chief designer Koizumi expresses his confidence in the design by stating: "Design language in a product like this is very important. No matter what the powertrain is, the design must have the same powerful Zoom-Zoom language. The cockpit has also been designed to perfectly match the powerfulness of the exterior design."

Sporty, Powerful Exterior Design

The concept’s athletic image is reflected in its overall size. At 4,630mm in length, the MX-Crossport is compact, agile and relatively small compared to other key products in the emerging crossover segment.

At the same time, to provide the vehicle with an ideal, confident stance, the design is highlighted by a low and wide exterior measuring 1,930mm in width, with short front-and-rear overhangs and a relatively long wheelbase of 2,795mm. The tyres are relatively large as well, measuring 275/45R-20. The emphasis of a long wheelbase and large tyres helps accentuate the concept’s sporty, stable appearance. At an overall height of 1,630mm, the MX-Crossport is comparatively low in structure to the traditional small SUV-type vehicles such as Mazda’s own Tribute, while maintaining an aggressive off-highway look.

Viewed from the front, key features of the design include the distinct, flowing lines that run down from the A-pillars at a soft angle along the bonnet and down into the grille area; these strong lines neatly contrast with the very prominent front wings. Additionally, the wide, lower grille opening is a new hallmark being used by Mazda in its sports family, as can be seen on the Mazda RX-8 and the recently introduced high-performance, turbocharged version of the Mazda6. Likewise, the strong, independent front wing of the RX-8 is now a typical figurative motif for Mazda sports cars and this feature is incorporated into the MX-Crossport to help balance the evolution and the tradition.

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Published 17 December 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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