The new generation of the CX-5 crossover, 2013 model year, has recently been presented to the public by its Japanese based automaker, Mazda, at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Even if the prototype has been shown before earlier this year, the model presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show represents Mazda’s much anticipated compact crossover in its final form. Initial rumors were saying that the new generation of the CX-5 would debut with the SkyActiv-D diesel under its hood, but the North American event has proven to us that the crossover is using the all-new SkyActiv-G, which, thanks to direct injection and other tricks used by the automaker, have allowed it to run on 87 octane fuel.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is powered by the SkyActiv-G 2.0 liter direct injection I-4 engine, which is developing a total output of 155 horsepower and has a peak torque of 150 lb-ft. The new generation of the crossover is offered with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission, with the all-wheel drive being available only with the automatic transmission. The Japanese based automaker says that its all-new CX-5 can achieve 26/33 mpg city/highway for the front-wheel drive layout, while the all-wheel drive version will get 26/32 mpg city/highway.
Even if Mazda didn’t officially announce the price list for the 2013 CX-5 compact crossover, the new model is expected to cost somewhere between $20.000 and $25.000 for the North American auto market. The new generation of the CX-5 is expected to hit the dealerships in the over-seas market early next year.