Meet Kodo. Kodo is not, contrary to what you're thinking, the name of a cuddly 1980s sit-com alien. No, Kodo is Mazda's new design language, seen for the first time today on a production car, the new CX-5.
Revealed ahead of its Frankfurt motor show debut, the CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV in the mould of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga, first seen in concept form a few months back as the ‘Minagi' concept car.
The all-new CX-5 will aim to add a little voodoo sauce to Mazda's stylistic repertoire, as well as featuring the company's new range of environmentally snuggly engine and chassis technology, under the umbrella term ‘SkyActiv'.
Two engines will be on offer for the UK, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel. In fact, Mazda claims that 2.2-lire diesel CX-5 with a manual transmission and start/stop achieves CO2 emissions of under 120g/km. The petrol engine has also been tuned to offer a compression ratio of 14:1; higher compression ratios force the air and fuel mixture to work harder and therefore aid fuel economy. Or so we think...
And then there's our friend Kodo, the design language first debuted on the sensational Shinari saloon concept, which in the CX-5's case, manifests via a bolder Mazda face, dramatic lines and taut bodyshape. More will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, along with the facelifted Mazda 3.
Until it debuts on 13 September, entertain us with your thoughts on this new member of the Mazda family. What say ye, enlightened computerisers? Yay or nay?