Tired of the Mazda smile? If you answer yes, we have good news for you. Meet the Minagi (pronounced like Mr. Miyagi), the first Mazda to feature both the new Sky Active technologies and the new Koda corporate design language.
Geneva 2011: Mazda Gets Serious With Minagi Concept SUV
March 1, 2011
We’ve been loving the Koda-based and Rapide-lookin’ Shinari concept sedan since we first saw it. Likewise, the Minagi draws on that same language and the result is a sharp, crisp, athletic looking trucklette. Is there a touch of Kia Sportage in the overall form, and Infiniti in the grille? Perhaps, but both cars are such a huge step forward from Mazda’s previous smiley-face format (Nagare) that metaphors escape us. Let’s just say Mazda wins the Most Improved award.
Sky Active technologies also get us excited. In essence, Mazda claims that Sky Active engines are more powerful and efficient, the transmissions are better at better at interpreting the driver’s intentions while being much more efficient, and the body structure and chassis are lighter yet stronger and more rigid. All of that sounds absolutely fantastic to us. And the Minagi? Look for the production version to show up at Frankfurt (with door handles!) and be called the CX-5.
For more on all the world debuts from Geneva, including more photos, videos and information, be sure to click over to our 2011 Geneva Motor Show coverage.