While it has been reported by several sources as a “leak”, we eventually found the official release and photos of the new Mazda Minagi Concept. Planned teaser or not, it’s certain that the design study will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, providing us a preview of the firm's upcoming compact SUV model, rumored to carry the CX-5 moniker.
The Minagi Concept will also showcase Mazda's next-generation of fuel-efficient powertrain and chassis technologies, branded under the [new] SKYACTIV name.
The Japanese firm didn’t reveal any details on the concept's specifications, simply stating that the Minagi "is equipped with a SKYACTIV engine and SKYACTIV transmission fitted to a SKYACTIV-Body and chassis that merge comprehensive weight reduction with the assurance of ample safety features."
Aside from the Minagi, the Japanese automaker’s stand will also feature separate technology exhibits as well as the Mazda Shinari sports saloon study.
By Csaba Daradics
Main Exhibits at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show
Mazda MINAGI (world premiere)
Mazda SHINARI (European premiere)
New Mazda SKYACTIV-G direct injection gasoline engine
New Mazda SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine
New Mazda SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission
New Mazda SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission
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