Report: Mazda CX-5 Crossover to Get 2.2-Liter Turbodiesel, Six-Speed Manual

Mazda had promised that its forthcoming CX-5 crossover would be the first vehicle designed ground-up to use the company’s new SkyActiv technologies, and now a new report gives us a preview of the CX-5’s fuel-efficient powertrain.

Autocar reports that the CX-5’s SkyActiv underpinnings begin with a lightweight, modular chassis and revised suspension designs. The chassis can reportedly be stretched or shrunk to cater to anything from the size a Mazda 3 to a CX-7 crossover. Coupled to thrifty engines and transmissions, the platform will help Mazda skirt stricter fuel-economy regulations with its upcoming vehicles.

The heart of the CX-5 will reportedly be a 2.2-liter turbodiesel producing 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a new six-speed manual transmission, the drivetrain will reportedly be 20 percent more efficient than Mazda’s existing 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Autocar says the engine will meet demanding Euro 6 emissions regulations, which don’t come into effect until 2014, and will be cheaper overall than equivalent current models. It’s unclear whether this powertrain combination will come to the U.S. market; Mazda’s proposed SkyActiv diesel engine is apparently designed to comply with U.S. regulations.

The CX-5 was previewed by the Minagi concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and in April Mazda confirmed it was going into production as the CX-5 crossover. It’s the first new Mazda styled with the “Kodo” design language, with crisp flowing lines replacing the smiley-faced motif of current Mazdas. SkyActiv engines will debut in the U.S. market on the 2012 Mazda 3, with an efficient, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four bolted to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The production CX-5 is expected to make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. It goes on sale in 2012, most likely labeled a 2013 model.

Source: Autocar

Bring the Diesel over! For the love of god, Mazda, you can make such a huge killing if you do. There would be little to no competition except from VW because Mercedes diesels are too expensive. You guys would fill in an amazing niche and profit handsomely in addition to petrol version sales. Live up to your name; go where no other carmakers dare to go, and succeed! We want them diesels!
Excellent package, would love to buy one. BUT, as is too common, the fine print states "It’s unclear whether this powertrain combination will come to the U.S. market". Would be great if Mazda would step up and actually sell it this way. If it doesn't get a following. THEN bring in the gas versions. The photos here also look much better than some of the ones on the concept version. Please mazda, bring it in this way.

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