Mazda skipped building a 2011 Mazda5, in preparation for the all new 2012 Mazda5. So far we can only see the side / back and the dash – but it’s clear this is a very different design. As opposed to the very safe design of the first generation, there’s definitely some more character this time around. From the style lines and creases going down the side, to the blacked-out B-D pillars, this is a funky little micro-van.
This car / van / whatever you want to call it lives in its own little segment of the market. Three row vehicles with sliding doors that aren’t as big as minivans aren’t exactly common. In fact, I can’t think of another one. New styling, a little more power, and a continued unique feature – not a bad combination. We’ll have more details when Mazda formally introduces the 2012 Mazda5 in LA on November 17th.