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.