Mazda to Enter U.S. Diesel Market with Redesigned CX-5

By Jesse Sokolow on 16 November 2016
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The outgoing Mazda CX-5

The outgoing Mazda CX-5

LOS ANGELES—On the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Japanese automaker Mazda announced plans to offer the CX-5 crossover with a diesel engine.

Mazda is introducing an all-new CX-5 for 2017 and the diesel, which will be Mazda’s first in the U.S. market, will be available in the second half of the year.

The CX-5 will receive a SkyActiv-D 2.2 engine although U.S. specs were not available at the time of publication. The carmaker will offer two versions of the 2.2-liter diesel engine globally: one that develops 148 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and a higher performance model producing 178 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Mazda did say it will utilize two proprietary technologies, Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, to keep any diesel noise outside the passenger compartment.

The fully redesigned model will be offered with a new color choice, Soul Red Crystal, that the automaker says will highlight the “beauty and quality” of its Kodo design language.

Despite the declining interest in diesels in the United States, Mazda believes it can sell 50,000 units a year.

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

In 2013, Mazda announced plans to offer diesels in the United States but delayed its entry into that market in early 2014.

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