SUVs have long taken it on the chin for being environmentally nasty fuel guzzlers. But a lot of crossovers are trying to go green and use as little gas as possible, some even incorporating hybrid electric technology. The Mazda Minagi doesn't go quite that far, but it pushes the fuel efficiency of its internal combustion engine about as far as it can without adding an electric motor. It uses Mazda's new SKYACTIV technology throughout, including a lightweight body shell and a super efficient engine and transmission combo. The exterior features Mazda's new design concept that they like to call Kodo: The Soul of Motion. Whether a compact SUV can have a soul or not, we don't know, but we're pretty sure that it can have motion, and the Minagi's sleek lines make it look pretty good while moving. At least in concept.
Expect to see production versions of the Minagi on dealer display floors in 2013, probably as the Mazda CX-5.