via Car & Driver
Mazda has announced that it will show a compact crossover concept in Geneva, called Minagi. The production version is widely expected to be named CX-5 and fit in under the automaker’s CX-7 and CX-9 crossovers.
The new model will be one of the first Mazdas to use the brand’s newest design language, Kodo, which was previewed on the Shinari concept. This new language means “soul of motion,” and should not be confused with the alien from The Simpsons, Kodos. (For starters, Kodo is Japanese, while Kodos is from Rigel VII.) The sketches show a nice evolution of Mazda’s basic crossover silhouette, as well as the disappearance of the controversial smiley-face grille.
Future Mazdas, including this new cute ute, will use the company’s new family of SKYACTIV engines and transmissions, previewed here. Mazda has also promised to focus on lightweight construction for this and other new models.