spain Engine wasted no time (well, sort of) and is trying to give us a render of said prototype based on those spy photos, which you can see at the top of this page. Just for comparison, here is the outgoing model which is the second evolution of the Kodo design language.
As you can see, the changes are not significant. About how things turned out for Mazda, you can call it Mazda’s third Kodo evolution, following what the smaller CX-30 started out. That said, thicker coatings are visible on the unofficial render, along with a wider grille and narrower headlight assembly. The bumper and embellishments in this area are also being revamped, but we think these are extremely speculative at the moment.
Notably, the rear quarter glass is larger than before, which has been considered a bane among critics of the current model. If this is true in the production model, it should work well in favor of the Japanese automaker.
At this point, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of Mazda’s bestseller. A Japanese report last year said the upcoming CX-5 will sit on a rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the Mazda6, and the automaker has developed inline-six gasoline engines to go with the sports platform.
Another report stated that the next CX-5 could be called the CX-50, again, following what the CX-30 started in terms of naming convention and styling for the automaker.
Be careful though, nothing is confirmed at this stage because the automaker is pretty mom with details. Our best guess is that we’ll know the truth by the end of the year, given how fine the cover-up is on the prototype spotted. As always, watch this space.