Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mazda Kazamai Crossover Concept: 28 High Res Photos and Details

Today Mazda took the covers off the Kazamai crossover concept at the 2008 Moscow International Auto Show (MIAS) giving us a glimpse of what its forthcoming CX-5 compact crossover may look like. Featuring an evolved Nagare ‘flow’ design theme, the 3door concept crossover’s styling is more realistic compared to previous Mazda concepts like the Taiki and Ryuga. There are no pictures of the Kazamai’s interior but Mazda says it that it can seat four passengers in comfort.

With a length of 4,520mm and a width of 1,930mm, the Kazamai Concept is slightly larger than the current Mazda3. The Japanese automaker claims thought that thanks to the extended use of lightweight materials and new processing/joining technologies, the Kazamai is about 100kg or 220-lbs lighter than similar models. This contributes to better handling and improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Power comes from a next-generation 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with combustion control technology and variable valve control, which Mazda engineers are currently developing. The 2.0-liter DISI petrol engine is coupled to a lightweight, next-generation compact 6-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.

According to the Japanese automaker, in combination with the Kazamai’s aerodynamics and its lightweight body, the powertrain would deliver an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel consumption and emissions versus the current MZR 2.0-litre petrol engine.

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