This is the Mazda CX-5 Urban concept Mazda brought to SEMA 2012. Just a car shrouded in matte finish? No, says Mazda, who tells us that it’s inspired by styles found in fashion and architecture.

The custom paint process features multi-dimensional shadows with each triangular-like design shaped to reflect each bend and twist of the vehicle’s sheet metal. Utilising the KODO “Soul of Motion” design language of the standard car, the Mazda Design team translated this initial blueprint into seemingly flat, black surfaces that evoke depth at just the slight hint of light.

For “added refinement” without deviating from the stealth-like appearance, Ore facets appear as thin pinstripes on matte paint surfaces, as an accent outlining the matte black wheels, as a precision feature in the headlamps and as a change of shade to the five-point front grille.

Body aside, the CX-5 Urban sports customised wheel flare extensions, 22-inch Ace Alloy Scorpio matte black wheels and a Racing Beat dual exhaust. The Mazda CX-5 will be locally assembled in Malaysia next year – click here to read more.