Seven-Seat Mazda CX-5 Considered For Japan, Other Markets Could Follow

Mazda may already have the plusher and larger CX-9, with the ability to carry up to seven people, but reports coming in from Japan are claiming that the company is planning a seven-seat version of the smaller CX-5 as well.

According to BlogLiveDoor, the 7-seater CX-5 will first launch in Japan, with other countries to follow. It’s not clear from the report if Mazda will extend the CX-5 or just squeeze in a pair of two collapsible children’s seats in the current model’s trunk.

Said to arrive before the end of the year, it will share the same engine lineup with the regular five-seater CX-5, including the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter petrol units, along with the SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel.

The regular CX-5 recently started rolling off the production line at the Ujina assembly plant. The automaker began taking orders for it in Japan last month, with deliveries commencing on February 2. Mazda expects to sell 2,500 units each month in Japan.


  • Six_Tymes

    sharp looking suv. very classy

  • Tumbi Mtika

    So the US will (potentially) get a seven seat CX-5. Greeaaat.

  • Mark S

    Enough with this damn 3rd row seating BS already! Give us a more outdoor focused version with a 6 speed stick and the new turbo.

    • Grumpy

      Exactly. Keep those 3rd rows on larger CUVs, where it is actually usable. I hope down the line, the 6, 3 and this get turbo engines. Mazda has been doing great with their designs. The only sub luxury brand out of japan I actually like.

      • Benjamin B.

        LR Disco Sport

  • Ilbirs

    After VW releasing the Tiguan Allspace, maybe we’ll have a wave of C-segment SUVs with three rows. If Mazda can do something better than the akward third row of the Tiguan Allspace, it’ll have an important advantage on this field. The question is how the guys from Hiroshima will execute the idea if this in fact happens.

    • Benjamin B.

      The Land Rover Discovery Sport started this trend… or Volvo crossovers…

  • klowik

    CX9 is too big, and I think a slightly lengthened version of CX5 is a good alternative.

  • Raf

    This could prove to be quite beneficial to Mazda as they do have a gap between the CX-5 and the CX-9. The only way could see it having any success though is it becoming a LWB version with actual usable 3rd row, unlike the Tiguan Allspace.

  • They should do a 7 seater! It would be ready to fight Renault, Peugeot, Nissan, VW… in Europe, People don’t buy minivans anymore, Minivans look like SUV, but they still need the seats.