REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Mazda will enter the growing compact crossover segment early next year when its CX-5 debuts in the United States.
At 178.7 inches long, the CX-5 is more than five inches shorter than Mazda's CX-7 crossover. The 106.3-inch wheelbase is two inches shorter than the CX-7.
The CX-5, which a source said will be available with a diesel engine for the 2014 model year, will compete with such vehicles as the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
Mazda has yet to announce pricing and packaging for the U.S. market, but Hideaki Tanaka, manager of the CX-5 program, said the base model will likely sticker for around $20,000. The CX-7 starts at $22,785 including delivery.
Mazda allowed a group of journalists to drive pre-production, European-spec prototypes at a press preview this week. Final specifications for the U.S. market won't be released until the CX-5's North American debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November.