Frankfurt Motor Show: Mazda CX-5

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Mazda has finally cottoned on to the Nissan Qashqai and created a rival. Ladies and gentlemen of a family persuasion, here's the CX-5 crossover.

The Frankfurt debutant is basically a slightly smaller CX-7 – that's the sporty SUV that we all like but hardly anybody buys because the silly sausages at Mazda let it plough on without a diesel until it was too late for anybody to care.

No such mistake this time around. The CX-5 comes to the UK market next year with a diesel version that returns 63mpg and 119g/km of CO2, yet will hit 62mph in around nine seconds. Not bad for a family bloater.

Mind, it's hardly a bloater in the looks department, with all kinds of swooping metal crease work and a nice chunky grille.

Mazda hopes that the CX-5 will serve the purpose of keeping Mazda 3 customers in the fold, by giving them something to trade into that's just as stylish but more family-friendly.

The diesel engine will be available in 148- and 173bhp states of tune, and there'll be a 2.0-litre petrol to give Mazda sales staff a nice challenge.

Buyers will, in true crossover tradition, get a choice of front- and four-wheel drive, as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

No pricing details yet, but see the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage for details.