DETROIT -- Mazda will call its new sport wagon the CX-7 and will begin production in Hiroshima, Japan, sometime in 2006, the automaker said Wednesday.
The company declined to say specifically when production would begin, or offer product or pricing details, except to say the CX-7 will seat five people.
The crossover is based on the concept MX Crossport, which debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January.
Mazda said the CX-7 will be similar in design to the concept vehicle, which was built on the Mazda6 platform. The automaker said all of its crossover vehicles will get a CX designation.
Sport wagon sales increased 17.6 percent in 2004, according to the Automotive News Data Center. The sport wagon market includes vehicles such as the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson and BMW X3.
Mazda's Jennifer Banovetz said the company doesn't expect the CX-7 to cannibalize sales of its Tribute sport wagon, which is built on the Ford Escape platform.