There’s something to be said about the Mazda CX-5 if its parent company decides to bring three customized vehicles of the model to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Apparently, it’s tune-worthy and, judging by the models that are being presented, we’re not about to disagree with that notion.

One of these models is the CX-5 180, a project vehicle that pays homage to the carefree lifestyle of Southern California. The look itself feels like a fresh of breath air, particularly the stylized topographical maps of the iconic SoCal destinations, Big Bear Lake and Point Dume. The front doors are likewise adorned by seasonal statistics for the snow and surf hot spots, including temperatures and even GPS coordinates. Can’t say we’ve seen that displayed on a body of a vehicle before.

The colors, all of which are shades of blue, add a kind of depth to the vehicle’s looks. Dark hues of Midnight and Denim mixes well with lighter shades of Tidal Blue and Bay Blue, creating a vivid look that certainly catches people’s attention. Add dashes of Luminous Red spread across the entire vehicle to indicate roads and it makes up the entire unique characteristic of the CX-5 180. Even the custom matte red finish on the five-point grille adds a touch of aggressiveness while the satin chrome dual exhaust by Racing Beat finishes off the exterior program. And don’t forget the set of 20" black chrome alloy wheels wrapped Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires.

Inside, the CX-5 180 was dressed with an Aqua interior leather fitted onto the front and rear seats, the steering wheel, door panels, armrests, and the brake boot. That is combined with contrasting Bright White leather inserts on the door panels, steering wheel, and seats. The steering wheel even has a customized trapezoidal stitching pattern for added flair while french seam accents in red and white stitching appear on the armrests and seats finish off an interior that looks as good as the SUV’s exterior detailing.

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