As we reported back in November, Mazda is planning to introduce a new, mid-sized crossover in the next few years.
It will be shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with the company confirming that it “will showcase the world premiere of a new SUV”.
To be built at the joint Mazda and Toyota production plant in the US, the new vehicle, currently using the CX-X tag, the name is most likely to be the new Mazda CX-6 and will be launched to turn around Mazda’s fortunes in North America.
So, what will it look like?
Most pundits are predicting a similar shape and style to the Mazda KOERU concept first seen in 2015.
The concept sits well with Mazda’s current KODO design language, with its large grille and narrow headlights, and also fits into the size Mazda is aiming for.
How big will it be?
Mazda needs something to fill the gap in between the mid-sized CX-5 and the larger, seven seat CX-9.
While it’s unlikely that Mazda will resurrect the CX-7 moniker (that was finished years ago), the CX-6 will sit neatly in between the two current vehicles, giving the opportunity to possibly use a lengthened version of the CX-5 platform, or a shortened Mazda6 platform.
Using the Mazda6 platform makes sense, given the model’s possible nomenclature, with the CX-8 already taking the position of using the CX-5 as its basis.
It will be built on Mazda’s “Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture”.
Either way, expect a spacious, luxurious five-seat crossover in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations, with SkyActive technology and turbocharging.
Mazda said that the motor lineup “comprises the latest Skyactiv engines, including the revolutionary Skyactiv-X” which is said to offer diesel torque and economy with driveability of a gasoline engine.
There could even be a version with an extra two seats for occasional use, making it a 5+2 seater, rather than a dedicated seven-seater, which is looked after by the CX-9.
Mazda is deadly serious about the CX-6’s success, with CEO Masamichi Kogai stating it will transform its business.
“We have big expectations,” he said. “This is our declaration that we are going to grow our business in the U.S.”
Mazda’s future will hinge on getting it right in the United States, as it’s the world’s largest car market and the brand is respected there.
While China seems like the most likely growth opportunity for most brands, Mazda hasn’t really taken off there, so the US seems like the best candidate for growth.