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Mazda CX-5 7-seater to debut in third quarter, Japanese market first

April 18, 2017

Mazda will reportedly introduce a seven-seat version of the just-launched second-gen CX-5 later this year. It will apparently launch in Japan first before a decision is made for international markets.

According to a Nikkei report out of Japan, Mazda will introduce a three-row-seated CX-5 in the third quarter of this year. It’s understood Mazda will initially launch the model in its home country before a potential global debut further down the track.

At this stage there’s been no confirmation from Mazda Australia that we will be getting the seven-seat model, however, seen as though the CX-5 is currently the best-seller in the mid-size SUV class it would make a certain deal of sense to offer more variants.

This would be of particular interest to buyers too, with the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail, both in the same class, offering a seven-seat option while others remain five-seat only. Hyundai is fast-catching the CX-5 on the Aussie sales charts, currently sitting right behind for the first three months of the year. Mazda has sold 5973 CX-5s so far, against 5430 Tucsons (through March).

As for the seven-seat CX-5 in specifics, concrete details are hard to come by at this stage. It is believed it will get a slightly longer wheelbase than the regular CX-5, with longer rear doors helping to accommodate the extra row in the back. A blurry spy shot, said to be of a prototype version, was posted by Twitter user @OER3264F vaguely showing the increase in length. It’s unknown if all three engines will be offered for the seven-seater, or just the 2.5 petrol and 2.2 diesel, leaving the 2.0 petrol to the FWD five-seat models.

Mazda has set a Japanese production goal of 970,000 units in the financial year ending in March, 2018. The new CX-5 variant is expected to help see that happen.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.