A lighter, stronger and safer steel is set to be used extensively on Mazda's next generation models starting with the CX-5 crossover.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5 crossover will be the first production vehicle ever to feature ultra-high tensile steel. The new parts were designed in tandem with Sumitomo Metal Industries and are said to help increase Mazda's trademark fuel economy as well as significantly increase safety. Ultra-high tensile steel is incredibly strong, not to mention lightweight. The 261,000psi steel will adorn many parts of the CX-5, including on the front and rear bumpers (in the bumper bars).
The rigid and light steel is 20 percent stronger than the standard metal that it replaces and saves 10.5lbs on the bumpers alone. It will also be used extensively on the CX-5's body. The added safety that this new material provides is also a huge boon for potential buyers. The stronger bumpers can also absorb energy, thanks to its new design. The delegation of energy from an impact will allow the bumper to limit further damage to the vehicle and consequently the occupants of the vehicle. The ultra-high tensile steel is set to be part of Mazda's SKYACTIV technology and will help increase fuel economy due to its light weight.
The new technology will form the basis of all of Mazda's next generation models moving forward. The Mazda CX-5 crossover is set to launch early next year.