Mazda introduced 11 months in the past that the corporate “will introduce a diesel engine choice to the North American market,” with the revamped CX-5, launched within the 2017 mannequin 12 months.
We’d heard such claims earlier than. Three years in the past, we had been nonetheless ready on the launch of the diesel-powered Mazda 6, not less than till Mazda gave up on that concept. However Mazda’s insistence this time round produced much less doubt. Mazda even revealed that the automaker felt it might generate 10 % of CX-5 gross sales with the diesel mannequin.
However final month, we started to marvel about Mazda’s claims of delivering a 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel within the second-half of 2017. The second-half, as you’ll have observed, is rapidly drawing to a detailed. Furthermore, Mazda wouldn’t provide up any timing, saying solely that, “We’re working with the EPA and CARB and can have extra data sooner or later.”
Mazda nonetheless gained’t provide up any timing particulars. However TTAC’s resident authorities submitting investigator, Bozi Tatarevic, got here throughout some very fascinating particulars at NHTSA.gov that reaffirm the forthcoming 2018 Mazda CX-5 Diesel.
In response to the TTAC discovery, Mazda spokesperson Jacob Brown doubled down on Mazda’s dedication. “We promised the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine would come to North America and have been working with the EPA and CARB to deliver it to market.”
However what precisely did TTAC’s Tatarevic discover? All of it comes right down to VINs: car identification numbers. In July, when Mazda first filed VIN code data for the 2018 CX-5, Mazda solely referenced one engine: the 187-horsepower, gas-powered 2.5-liter four-cylinder that serves beneath the hood of all however the present base CX-5.
Mazda then up to date the NHTSA VIN code submitting from July 25, 2017, with extra data on October 18, 2017, two days in the past.
The VIN begins with JM3. Which means it’s a multipurpose passenger car manufactured by Mazda in Japan. KF signifies a CX-5. If the sixth designation is an A, the CX-5 is a front-wheel-drive mannequin; if it’s a B, the CX-5 is an all-wheel-drive mannequin. The seventh moniker signifies trim degree: Mazda reveals SV, Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and SE as A, B, C, D, and E, respectively.
However with this October submitting replace, the eighth designation within the 2018 CX-5’s VIN might check with a greater variety of engines.
M and L equal the aforementioned 187-horsepower, gas-powered 2.5-liter four-cylinder. If the eighth descriptor is a 7, meaning the CX-5 has a 156-horsepower, gas-powered 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder beneath the hood. And if that M, L, or 7 turns right into a 2?Bada bing, bada increase. Voila.
That’s a 2.2-liter diesel producing 174 horsepower. In different markets, the CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D produces 310 lb-ft of torque, however the NHTSA submitting doesn’t reveal torque figures.
Certainly it is a signal. An indication of what, we’re not fairly certain. We’ve but to see any certification with the California Air Sources Board; there aren’t any obvious EPA figures. But it surely appears like progress.
Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.