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The new generation of the Mazda CX-5 is scheduled to go on sale in the United States early next year, after its Frankfurt Motor Show official debut this month and the upcoming LA Auto Show in November.

According to the manufacturer the new CX-5 is 178.7 inches long, which is actually 5 inches smaller than the CX-7, and its wheelbase has 106.3 inches, two inches shorter than its bigger brother.

The new generation of the Japanese CX-5 will enter the highly competitive crossover segment in the US, going against the VW Tiguan, the Kia Sportage, the Toyota Rav4 or the Honda CR-V.

Future customers of the new CX-5 in its over-seas version will have to wait until 2014 to get a diesel that will come in a 2.2 liter form, twin-turbo, direct injection delivering 160 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

The new Mazda CX-5 which will hit the US dealerships early next year is priced around $20.000 for the entry-level version.