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Naga Royal Guard
12-19-2004, 06:38 PM
from <A HREF="http://www.autorevue.cz" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autorevue.cz</A><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/11.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/44.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/55.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/66.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/77.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/88.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4401/99.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Here's one more picture of this concept this time it's from australian motoring website: goauto.com.au<p>and also there's info too<p>Mazda's MX-Crossport concept points to forthcoming 4WD wagon <p>By BRUCE NEWTON 15 December 2004<p><br>MAZDA moves to fill a gaping hole in its line-up when it unveils its first cross-over concept at the Detroit auto show next month.<p>While the official line is that any possible production future for the vehicle, which is designated MX-Cross-port as a concept, relies on public and media reaction and Mazdas research findings, it already seems certain something based upon it will be built.<p>We cannot afford the luxury of just wasting our time, said Mazdas design director Moray Callum when the MX-Crossport was previewed to select media, including GoAuto, in Japan last month.<p>The launch of a production Mazda cross-over can be expected by early 2007. By then the company has committed to reveal 16 significant new models, including three cross-over/SUV vehicles. <p>The good news is that while the production cross-over will be primarily aimed at the left-hand drive North American market where Mazda is struggling to grow sales, there seems no doubt that it will be built in right-hand drive and head Down Under as well.<p>A key player in ensuring that happens is Malcolm Gough, the former Mazda Australia managing director who took up a new posting at Mazdas Hiroshima headquarters this year as general manager of the overseas sales division.<p>Weve got Malcolm Gough here, and you know what Malcolm is like, said Mazdas global R&D chief, Joe Bakaj at the MX-Crossport preview. Malcolm is excited at the Crossport. I will leave it at that.<p>The crucial question as far as the executives at Mazda Australia are concerned is just how long they will have to wait for this vehicle, which will bolster the companys line-up in the hyper-competitive SUV area from the current sole offering, the ageing Tribute.<p>With Mazda Australia already forecasting that the four VFACTS SUV segments will combine to consistently sell more than the large or small passenger car segments within three years, it is no surprise that local managing director Doug kazzooson is licking his lips at the prospect of a production car based on MX-Crossport.<p>Its absolutely wonderful, we are delighted with it, Mr kazzooson said. <p>It appears to be aimed at a different market to the Tribute, although it is a little bit difficult to tell from a concept.<p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br>Mazda is giving us a taste of its general feel about how to go about combining the Zoom Zoom design ethos with cross-over and SUV styling<br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<p>We are told it has good interior space, it has high style and it is probably geared more toward the sporting and personal end of the market.<p>We like its style and we believe it (a production version) will fit within the way Mazda Australia markets. We can certainly be positive about that.<p>The media got its first look at the MX-Crossport during the recent 2005 & Beyond preview exercise conducted by Mazda in Hiroshima in November.<p>But there was no opportunity to get closer than a metre from the car, or have a good inspection of the interior.<p>Nevertheless, the Crossport concept is easily identified as a Mazda thanks to a distinctive front end that includes an evolution of the RX-8 sports cars fenders and an MPS-style grille. <p>In production you could virtually replicate the theme of this vehicle, said Mr Callum. Weve really tried to dial up the sportiness figure with this car and dial down the SUV.<p>Its also fair to suggest Mazda is giving us a taste of its general feel about how to go about combining the Zoom Zoom design ethos with cross-over and SUV styling. Tribute is due for a complete revision soon, while a third vehicle Mazda has hinted at could be larger and aimed at replacing the old Millenia/800M as the companys most prestigious vehicle.<p>Not everything about MX-Crossport is production bound of course. The concept has four separate seats, a floor-length console and floating roof rails. But production cars would offer five and probably seven-seat set-ups, while the massive 20-inch wheel and tyre combination is pure show car excess.<p>Mazda was also totally silent on drivetrain or chassis plans, only revealing the MX-Crossport is 4630mm long, 1930mm wide and has a long 2795mm wheelbase.<p>However, as this car is being pitched as a direct competitor for the Nissan Murano in North America, a V6 engine makes sense. At the moment the only V6 Mazda has available to it is the Ford family 3.0-litre Duratec.<p>The underlying platform for the production car also appears to be a Ford family affair, with the plan being to mount it on an adaptation of the corporate C1 architecture.<p>C1 is already used by Mazda for the compact 3 model and the new 5, which is the small people-mover that replaced the Premacy. It also underpins the Ford Focus and Fusion and Volvo S and V40.<p>European reports say the platform is known as C1+ and will be used for future Volvo S60, V70 and S80, as well as the rumoured XC50 small SUV. Land Rover will use it for the Freelander.<p>Ford is developing two vehicles off C1+, five and seven-seat versions of a cross-over known internally as SAV, or Sport Activity Vehicle, as well as a radical replacement for the Galaxy people-mover. <p>Engines linked to the C1+ project include four and five-cylinder petrol units and a new generation turbo-diesel family. <p>Transmission choices are said to include five and six-speed manual, CVT and a new dual-clutch design. All-wheel drive will be optional. <p>Source: Goauto.com.au<p>

Krypton
12-20-2004, 04:57 PM
looks good but the front looks a bit like the murano

SV
12-20-2004, 05:08 PM
wow, i love that car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> i wonder how close the production version will be.

Fangorious Reborn
12-21-2004, 09:11 AM
give it 4 doors and a 4x4 option and this should be the new tribute

Snake Vargas
12-21-2004, 09:33 AM
Um, it already has 4 doors, the handles on the rear ones are hidden (probably in the C-pillars like the Alfa Romeo 156). It looks good, and would do well as the next Tribute - but they'd likely have to tone down the 'edginess' to appeal to the everyday crowd a little more - such as larger glass area, etc.<p>btw. second picture - seems like everyone loves taking pictures in front of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.. can't miss that titanium cladding..

iamalittlepepper
12-26-2004, 06:19 AM
so C1+ will also underpin a new 6?

Rugbyplaya91
01-01-2005, 06:09 PM
I like that instrument cluster and the circular screen in there... looks good on the outside too

Pedigreepaul
01-02-2005, 12:53 PM
Mazda is doin' a great job to put these cars on the road.. I like the style.. Bring it here!

syclone
01-03-2005, 04:53 AM
i dont like crossovers, but man this thing looks hot

zgrabill
01-03-2005, 05:41 AM
Those Y-spoke rims look to be lifted off the X5 sport pack, but otherwise -- wow. I really like this design. It's very sleek, which is saying something for any SUV. I really like the haunches on this thing. Makes it look very aggressive.<p>Z.

Naga Royal Guard
01-03-2005, 10:10 AM
Infiniti's lukewarm success w/ the FX 35 and 45 can ensure a very limited trial of similar bodystyles

Santeno
01-13-2005, 09:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Banana</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>IRVINE, Calif. -- Scheduled to be shown in public for the first time at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the Mazda MX-Crossport design concept represents a new direction Mazda. The MX-Crossport was designed at Mazda's main design studio in Hiroshima, Japan, and is a crossover-type vehicle, a very Mazda crossover combining strong styling cues from the company’s flagship RX-8 sports car with the more practical packaging of sport-utility vehicle.<p>Design is an important element of all Mazda products, and, as such, the MX-Crossport is first and foremost a design concept. It is being presented in Detroit as a design study, not an engineering study.<br> <br><IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2005_mazda_mx-crosssport-1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2005_mazda_mx-crosssport-2.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2005_mazda_mx-crosssport-3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source : Supercars.net<br> </TD></TR></TABLE>

syclone
01-13-2005, 07:04 PM
in love.<p>i like the use of rx-8 cues without overdoing it. i really would check this out if they produced it without too much deviation from the concept. besides the rear glass, the excessive displays inside, and push button shifer, it does seem possible.

piokor
01-15-2005, 11:07 PM
I love this car, and judging by their previous concepts to production, this is going to look very similar in production trim. I could see this being my next car...

_PiCASSO_
01-16-2005, 08:52 AM
Yes, this Mazda is certainly very good looking, which may be an replacement for my 2005 Mazda 3 when the lease expires in October 2007. Let's cross our fingers that Mazda sticks to the 90% concept's exterior, exept for the interior which will likely only be 30-40% represented.

nismo
01-16-2005, 09:13 PM
This is nice. Mazda's designs lately are really nice. the interior is nice but is definately a Murano rip off. I don't think this is the next Tribute unless they move it up market because the measurements are almost identical to the Murano (an obvious competitor). And I don't think they would want to make the Tribute move up since its been somewhat successful where it is. The Tribute will most likely take cues from the Mazda3. I can see mazda releasing this concept when the Duratec35 is ready.

AllodoxaphobicJay
01-16-2005, 09:49 PM
I had reservations about Mazda's design direction under Moray Callum, but this concept has laid any such fears to rest.<p>The best thing is, though, that being an 'MX-xxx' -titled concept, it will most likely change very little for production. Previous examples being the MX-Flexa and MX-Sportif, both which closely resembled the production 5 and 3.<p>Now that they're getting their cross-over and SUV act together, the next concept Mazda should pursue should be a small, FWD/AWD coupe off the 3 platform to compete with the tC and upcoming Nissan Azeal and Honda CR-X. Give it suicide doors and a lift-back, and style it along the same swoopy lines as the Crossport and they'd have a perfect spiritual successor to the MX-3 as well as the Lantis 5-door coupe sold in Japan in the mid-90s.<p>Hell, it could even spawn a small Volvo coupe and resurrected euro Capri off the same component set, in order to justify the expenditure...<p><br><i>Modified by AllodoxaphobicJay at 8:54 PM 1/16/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AllodoxaphobicJay at 8:55 PM 1/16/2005</i>

KaRaceR
01-17-2005, 07:29 AM
taht looks relly nice somthing needs doinmg with that grill though, rims look really nice

sonyisdope
01-20-2005, 07:22 AM
That is totally sweet, I hope that dashboard and shifter make it into production, but they probably won't <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
01-20-2005, 08:45 PM
Mazda's on a great streak, designwise. Can this replace the Tribute? PLEEEEAAASSSEEE??

scorpio14
01-21-2005, 09:54 PM
Once again Mazda comes out wit another great looking car.....and this well i'd take it over the MDX, Murano, and the Tribeca if it became a production model (thats if it competes with them)

piokor
01-30-2005, 02:38 PM
I don't think this car will compete with the MDX, the MDX is more expensive. This are it's competitors:<p>Murano<br>Highlander<br>Pilot<br>Tribeca<br>Endevour<br>

JBlair
01-30-2005, 04:22 PM
Trim that list down even more, because the Crossport concept only has two rows of seats, meaning its competition will as well. So its competitors would be:<p>-Murano<br>-Highlander (current gen, as next-gen will probably grow to include a third row)<br>-Endeavor<br>-Escape<br>-Rav4<br>-Cr-V<br>-RDX<p>