Everyone assumed that the next incarnation of the Mazda CX-5 wouldn’t make an appearance until next year, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mazda showing off carefully lit photos of its next-generation compact crossover today.
It’s definitely not an unwelcome surprise, as this 2017 model has one hell of a good-looking profile.
The CX-5 teaser highlights a slightly more dramatic look for the SUV. A swept-back roofline, more muscular sides,Â long hood, and angular beak all work together to remind onlookers that the new CX-5 will probably remain an enjoyable drive. Mazda has said as much themselves,Â claiming that they’ve refinedÂ its design and technology to offer “new dimensions of driving pleasure.”
While we’re not sure of what all of this entails, it certainly sounds like the automaker will continueÂ to consider driving enjoyment as a priorityÂ in its designs.
The small crossover is a big deal for Mazda, as the CX-5 accounted for roughly a third of all of its vehicle sales last year. It also surpassed the Mazda 3 as the company’s best selling vehicle in the United States. Screwing up a winning design in a popular segment with worse looks was never in the cards. It’ll remainÂ familiar while becoming slightly more handsome. (Unless this photo hides something truly horrifying.)
Currently, this teaser image is all Mazda feels comfortable offering, with no information on the vehicle as of yet.Â No details, pricing, or specifications. All Mazda has said is that the 2017 CX-5 will formallyÂ premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18.
Mazda will also hold a press conference about the new sport crossover on November 16, the first of two press days. Hopefully they will be in a bean-spilling mood.[Image: Mazda]