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2013 Mazda CX-5
Skyactiv-D will be in the CX-5 crossover and perhaps the Mazda6

In Europe, cars and other vehicles with diesel engines are very common. They tend to get better fuel economy and diesel is at times cheaper than gasoline. With more and more drivers in the U.S. focused on green cars and fuel economy, America may finally be ready to embrace the diesel engine.
There are several car companies now looking to place diesel engines into cars and SUVs that traditionally used gasoline only. BMW is a good example; the company is readying a version of its M5 that uses a diesel engine. GM is also onboard with a diesel version of its popular Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
Now Mazda has announced plans to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. car market by 2014. Mazda thinks that the engine will help it stand out among the hybrids. The Skyactiv-D engine is a 2.2L four cylinder with 173hp and 310lb/ft of torque.
"We think it's a good differentiator," said Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, to Automotive News during the Detroit auto show. It will give Mazda a reputation that "Those guys are always doing something a little different."
The diesel engine is expected to find its way into the CX-5 crossover SUV and the Mazda6 sedan. The Mazda6 sedan is only expected to get diesel power in some markets and it's not clear if the U.S. is one of those markets. Mazda is eyeing VW in the States since VW is the only carmaker at the price point with a diesel option courtesy of the Passat TDI.
"Volkswagen, I honestly believe, gets incremental business above and beyond other brands because they do have a diesel, and they buy Volkswagens only because they do have it," said O'Sullivan.

Source: Trucktrend

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The CX-5 looks really nice
By Hulk on 1/18/2012 11:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
It would be really great if they offered the CX5 with the diesel engine and a 3500lb towing capacity. Imagine that, an SUV that can tow AND get decent gas mileage. That diesel would have the torque to get it done. It wouldn't be super fast while towing of course, you'd have to plan ahead a bit but if they beefed up the tranny, radiator, etc.. to handle the towing load it'd be a great vehicle for someone that just needs to haul a trailer now and then. But I'm sure it'll be spec'ed with a meager 1500lb towing capacity.

RE: The CX-5 looks really nice
By Spuke on 1/18/2012 11:51:15 AM , Rating: 2
That's a nice looking car but I think we'll have our next car before this one comes out.

RE: The CX-5 looks really nice
By Flunk on 1/18/2012 2:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's a crossover, with a 2.2L diesel. You can't replace your truck with this, it's not designed to tow anything more than a tent trailer.

RE: The CX-5 looks really nice
By BZDTemp on 1/18/2012 2:18:11 PM , Rating: 2
What you want is a CX5 Truck :-)

To make a car really handle heavy towing pretty much the whole car needs to be stronger than otherwise needed which means more weight and worse fuel economy when not towing. You can't have it all.

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