A CX-7 that is fit for the European market

Pete Mait



"Everything is in flow." In line with the famous maxim of the philosopher Heraclitus, Mazda packed their bags and set off for Moscow to present the sixth prototype from the Nagare (Japanese for 'flow') series which has supposedly been inspired by the forms that occur in nature. In the most far-reaching sense of the word, a preview of the CX-5 which is due to take on the likes of the Tiguan and Kuga in 2011.

Just how 'flowing' the series will be in comparison to this truly dynamic prototype, we won't know until 2011. So far, we've seen no sign of any wavelike features in the Mazda models that have recently come onto the market. Which is actually a shame. The new design language being used by Mazda would bring a touch of variety into the general mishmash of frightfully dynamic and 'characterful' sharp lines and edges that are currently cluttering up our streets.

And before we sign off: Could we possibly have a more socially responsible engine this time? Otherwise, despite its appealing design and great use of available space, the CX-5 will end up as a total irrelevance, just like the CX-7.