Detroit 2011: Mazda5 Gets A Badass Makeover

The Mazda5 may be about to get overshadowed by the Ford C-Max, but that doesn’t mean Mazda’s engineers can’t have fun with their venerable but well regarded compact van.

Designers at Mazda’s Irvine, California studio were given free reign to design their dream Mazda5, and the vehicle above was the end result. Lowering springs with height adjustable perches underpin the suspension while 19″ RX8 R3 wheels help offset the silver paint and subtle graphics package. We’d hit it.

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