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Mazda CX-5 will make LA show debut

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Mazda CX-5

New Mazda crossover is teased with a single image ahead of its November showcasing in LA.

An official teaser picture of the new Mazda CX-5 has been released as its makers prepare for its debut at next month’s LA Motor Show. The dimly-lit teaser snap is obviously designed as an excitement-builder ahead of the unveiling of a refreshed version of what is currently Mazda’s oldest model.

A new take on an old Mazda favourite

The CX-5 was launched back in 2012 and the teaser image, whilst not giving a lot away, shows that the car has undergone an evolution, becoming lower and longer than the current Mazda CX-5. The rival to the VW Tiguan seems to have a more aggressively angled roofline and an elongated bonnet. It is also possible to spot some additional details including slim headlamps on the revamped Mazda model.

Mazda claims that the CX-5 has been redesigned to reach a "new level" whilst honing the visual appeal of the car. The car makers also say that its strength and sophistication creates "a formidable combination". Mazda appears to have undertaken a comprehensive approach to the creation of the all-new CX-5 crossover, although there has been no technical information released thus far. Instead, the manufacturers have simply promised "driving joy" that will reach "new dimensions".

It is likely that the company will stay with the 2.2-litre diesel engine with its two tuning choices and the petrol 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G unit. It is also expected that there will be all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive versions of the new Mazda, as there are with the current CX-5.

The LA Motor Show 2016

This year’s LA Motor Show is being held at the LA Convention Centre between November 18 and 27 and is expected to feature debuts from a host of other major manufacturers, including production models and concepts from Alfa Romeo, Infiniti, Jeep, Mini, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru and Porsche.

Key cars to be unveiled

Amongst the biggest hitters at this year’s show are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which is the mid-sized SUV that was supposedly shown by accident in an Alfa promotional video. Sales are likely to start at the beginning of next year.

The Cadillac Escala will also make its mainstream debut in Los Angeles after enjoying its first reveal at Pebble Beach in August. The Escala is a four-door concept which shares the CT6’s platform and rear-wheel drive. It dispenses with the CT6’s saloon boot, however, in favour of a liftback design and boasts a 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8.

Jaguar could also use the LA show to reveal its first ever electric vehicle. There has been talk of it making a debut in late 2016, suggesting that Los Angeles is a possibility. The model has been seen in its development phase and it looks likely that production will start in 2018.

Jeep, meanwhile, revealed its 2017 Compass last month in Brazil but the LA motor show will be the first time it is officially presented to a public audience. The model is expected to prove popular in the European market and the Nissan Qashqai rival will be offered in both four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive variants.

The Mini Countryman for 2017 didn’t make an appearance in Paris and so an LA debut is a possibility. The car shares its UKL1 architecture with the new Clubman and is more spacious than the current model. It will also be offered with a new hybrid power train choice.

Another big player at the show is likely to be the much-anticipated facelifted Volkswagen e-Golf, about which the head of the VW management board, Herbert Diess, gave some hints in Paris. The current e-Golf model, which is priced from £31,680, has a range of 118 miles without a charge but the new version looks set to extend this to as much as 186 miles.

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