Mazda5 Continues to Sweep Japan

Continuing to display their updated seven-seat MPV, Mazda is continuing to capitalize on the van's distinctive styling. Released for the Japanese market only, the Mazda5 20CS Aero Style and Mazda5 20CS Aero Styling Touring Selection are already currently on sale across the country's Mazda dealerships. The 20CS Aero Style features special, high-end 15-inch lightweight alloys, side under spoilers and a rear roof spoiler. It's priced at roughly the equivalent of $22,800.

Going a step further, the 20CS Aero Style Touring Selection has all of the same features but also includes a power sliding rear door on the passenger side that comes with an Easy Closure function and discharge headlights. Other extras include rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable sensitivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver bezel and leather-wrapped shift knob. All told, it costs about $24,100. Why is this interesting? Simply because the MPV segment is looking likely to gain in popularity in the US as well due to the upcoming launch of the Ford C-Max.

Previously, Mazda was the only automaker to offer a mid-size minivan and in the process, has generated a loyal clientele. The Nagari-themed Mazda5 refresh is the automaker's most, shall we say, sweeping interpretation of this design language. If sales in Japan prove successful, there's a chance Mazda may begin to offer special Mazda5 packages in the US as well.

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