To highlight the customization potential of its sporty CX-5 crossover, Mazda let its Irvine, California-based design team loose to create three concepts for the SEMA aftermarket show.
Inspired by the wildly varied terrain of southern California and built for outdoors fun, the CX-5 180 is equipped with Burton Cheetah snowboards for trips to the mountains and a Rusty surfboard for journeys to the beach. To make locating the best adventure spots easy, the exterior is adorned with a topographical map of SoCal locales Big Bear Lake and Point Dume, and there are also seasonal statistics for the snow and surf hot spots on the front doors. Custom 20-inch wheels and matte red grille trim dress up the exterior, while the cabin benefits from Aqua leather with Bright White inserts.
Though it initially appears to simply wear a matte exterior finish, the style-focused CX-5 Urban actually also features multi-dimensional shadows with triangular patterns that reflect the bends and twists of the crossover’s sheetmetal. This unique scheme creates a convincing illusion of depth with the slightest hint of light while also looking quite sinister in the process. Twenty-two-inch matte black wheels sit below custom wheel flare extensions, while Racing Beat satin chrome dual exhaust rounds out the changes.
Named for actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey, this CX-5 utilizes Mazda’s 2.2-liter “SKYACTIV-D” diesel four-cylinder – a mill that will likely appear under the hood of the U.S.-market CX-5 and/or the 2014 Mazda6 at some point in the future. In this application, the torquey and efficient motor teams with a six-speed manual and an all-wheel-drive system. A paint scheme inspired by racing bikes and a Thule T2 carrier holding an S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red bike reflect Dempsey’s passion for cycling, but the powertrain is really the standout feature of this concept.
Live images by Andrew Ganz.