Mazda will use September's Paris Motor Show to premiere its Mazda5 MPV; a production version of the MX-Flexa first seen in Geneva earlier this year.

Mazda will use September's Paris Motor Show to premiere its Mazda5 MPV; a production version of the MX-Flexa first seen in Geneva earlier this year.

The new Mazda people-mover is apparently designed from the inside out using the "six plus one" concept, which provides flexible space within the vehicle. It comes with two sliding doors that open wide to easily accommodate rear passengers and cargo.

Seating for up to seven passengers is provided and seats can be folded flat using the one-touch "Karakuri" function first seen in the Mazda6. The MX-Flexa, with six seats in total, offered individual captain's-style seats for all its occupants.

The concept's interior was a combination of white, blue and silver surfaces, and the gearshift was mounted on the dash. It also displayed a sliding stand in the boot area that could store a bicycle upright - a function that could possibly be included in the production version as well.

The MX-Flexa concept (right) shown in Geneva was fully operational, with power provided by the 2,3-litre four-cylinder engine used in the Mazda6. This 122kW engine will feature in the top-of-the-range version of the production model, alongside 1,8-litre petrol and two-litre petrol and diesel units.