Mazda Putting Diesel Engine into New CX-5

Engineers tweaked the oil burner for three years before approving it for the U.S.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Globally, Mazda will offer the new CX-5 with three SkyActiv powertrains, including a diesel.

Mazda Motor Corp. announced during its press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will offer the SkyActiv 2.2-liter clean diesel as an option in the CX-5 utility vehicle, beginning in the second half of 2017.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice president and representative director.

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The 2.2-liter diesel used in the all-new CX-5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, Marumoto said.

The engine also adopts “Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control,” proprietary technologies that reduce diesel knock sound for a quieter and more pleasing sound.

Mazda first said it was preparing to bring a diesel engine to North America more than three years ago, but has repeatedly delayed the introduction because the company’s engineers were not satisfied with the engine’s overall performance, according to Jeremy Barnes, Mazda’s director of communications.

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Mazda uses more of its Kodo design language with the CX-5 makeover ... and a diesel engine now!

Barnes said the engine not only had to meet emission standards, but also satisfy Mazda’s own standards for performance and spirited driving, which are critical to Mazda’s image.

However, Mazda is satisfied the diesel engine that will be used in the CX-5 will meet all of the requirements laid down by the external regulations and Mazda’s internal standards that insure the company’s vehicles are both efficient and fun to drive, Barnes said.

(Click Here for complete coverage of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show.)

General Motors also has announced plans to offer a diesel engine in the new Chevrolet Equinox despite the damage done to the reputation of diesels by the Volkswagen emission scandal. VW was the largest seller in the US. of vehicles equipped with diesel engines, but it has not been able to sell a diesel-powered vehicle for more than a year because of the emission cheating scandal.

Launched in 2012, the CX-5 was the first new-generation model featuring SkyActiv technology. It has since grown into a core model that is sold in more than 120 countries and accounts for approximately one quarter of Mazda’s global sales volume.

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The all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover sport utility vehicle introduced in LA this week was completely redesigned. Every element of Mazda’s design and technology is expected to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure, Mazda executive noted.

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2 Responses to “Mazda Putting Diesel Engine into New CX-5”

  1. Larry Jordan says:

    Good bye VW… hello to my new diesel purchase: Mazda CX5.. love diesels and Mazda has the driving experience VW has lost.. Cheers to Mazda!

  2. Fred says:

    Can’t wait to see what % of a new CX-5 the buy-back of my Jetta will bring. My Jetta has had new shift linkage, new a/c compressor, entire infotainment system is dead (and out of warranty now) and picking up $85 Glo-Plug today (beats $400 installed at VW) at AutoZone. Love the way it drives, but won’t miss it. Have also loved every Mazda I’ve driven (rented a “6″ several times).

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