Apparently Volkswagen isn’t the only one trying to sell seven-seater versions of its models – such as the Tiguan and Atlas – according to the latest report Mazda is doing the same at home in Japan.
Apparently the compact CX-5 is going to be modified to support up to seven people inside – even though at home in Japan the company offers the same option for the larger and naturally more expensive CX-9. The first source is Japanese car blog Livedoor, which tells us the seven-seat CX-5 is coming pretty soon – later on this year. This is most likely market-dependant decision – just like with the Atlas and Tiguan long wheel base, which share very few venues – the United States being one of them, China being another, just to name the major venues. Apparently the seven-seat CX-5 will be an exclusive mod for Japan, at least in the initial phase, as the report also claims other markets to be under consideration – such as Europe and America, most likely for a 2018 introduction.
There’s an interesting debate whether the platform of the CX-5 will be modified to accommodate the extra pair of seats. This is because the CX-5 is just about the same size as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for instance, and the British off-roader has been turned into a 7-seater from the get go. They could also need it as a means to counteract the competition, because other reports are talking about the Honda CR-V getting such a version as well. In addition, the CX-9 is not being sold at home in Japan and would be a tad more difficult to convert it for the market specifics – and possibly more expensive.