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What’s Taking place with the Mazda CX-5 Diesel?

What’s Taking place with the Mazda CX-5 Diesel?

With regards to bringing a diesel engine to the USA, Mazda has talked the discuss for an extended whereas however has but to stroll the stroll. Years in the past, the corporate mentioned bringing a Mazda 6 diesel to our shores, however when that fell by way of, the favored CX-5 crossover turned the prime candidate for Mazda’s 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D engine within the States. Mazda confirmed final yr CX-5 diesel is going on, and we caught a prototype model of such a car operating round Michigan this weekend, suggesting that its official arrival will not be too far off.

The CX-5 we noticed was devoid of any badging, however sure clues recognized it as a diesel-powered mannequin. Look carefully and also you’ll see an intercooler mounted behind the decrease entrance grille, a tachometer that seems to redline at a low 5500 rpm, and a single exhaust pipe as an alternative of the usual gasoline-powered CX-5’s twin retailers.

Mazda CX-5 diesel (spy photo)

Mazda has acknowledged beforehand that the diesel engine will likely be supplied on the 2017 CX-5 and that it’s going to arrive within the second half of this yr. At this level, nonetheless, Mazda has but to share any extra data in regards to the CX-5 diesel, which brings that timing into query. A Mazda spokesperson advised us that the corporate is at present working with the EPA and the California Air Assets Board (CARB) towards closing emissions certification on this powertrain however wouldn’t share any extra timing particulars. Mazda famous to us that preproduction fashions could also be operating round; this prototype has a Bosch sticker on its windshield, which might point out the provider—identified for its fleet of diesel take a look at autos in our space, southeastern Michigan—might be conducting testing for Mazda.

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If and when the CX-5 diesel arrives, it’ll have some competitors within the type of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, which provides a 1.6-liter diesel engine that achieves as much as a 39-mpg EPA freeway ranking. We’ll hold our ears open for extra information on Mazda’s oil-burning crossover over the subsequent few months to see if the corporate could make good on its earlier guarantees.

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