Mazda has confirmed that the vehicle shown as the MX-Crossport at January's Detroit motor show will go into production as the CX-7.

In Mazda's new global naming strategy, crossover-type SUVs will carry the CX designation while core vehicles will continue to carry the name Mazda and a number, based on vehicle size.

Rotary-engined sports cars carry the RX designation and piston-engined sports cars carry the MX designation. Tribute, MPV and the B-series truck will continue with their current names.

The production CX-7 will look similar to the concept vehicle and will be built solely in Hiroshima, Japan.