Mazda unveiled its second-generation CX-5 during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which competes against the latest Honda CR-V. However, where the CR-V can accommodate both five and seven passengers, the CX-5 is only available as a five-seater, at least for now.

This is according to a report by Nikkei, whereby the Japanese carmaker plans to introduce the three-row version of the CX-5 later this year (said to be in autumn). Further evidence supporting this claim comes from Twitter user @OER3264F, who posted a spyshot of what looks to be the seven-seat CX-5.

Though the photo is a blurry one, it is possible to see the SUV’s larger rear quarter windows, which also means a redesign of the doors (appearing longer than the five-seater), longer rear overhang as well as a different D-pillar design. This differs from the CR-V, whereby both five- and seven-seat versions share the same body shape.

The current CX-5 is offered with a choice of two SkyActiv-G petrol and a sole SkyActiv-D diesel engine, the former available in 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre capacities, while, the oil burning option is a 2.2 litre unit. No details on whether this engine line-up will be associated with the seven-seat CX-5, or if the CX-9’s 2.5 litre turbo unit will be fitted to cope with a fully-laden vehicle.

GALLERY: Mazda CX-5 (second generation)