Mazda has released details of the SUV that its staff hope will rival the Land Rover; it will feature a new brand of technology dubbed Skyactiv.

Autocar reports that the CX-5’s SkyActiv underpinnings begin with a lightweight, modular chassis and revised suspension designs. The new SUV will be based on the Minagi concept car and according to Mazda will be the most advanced and economical models yet. While there are still no official images, the firm has revealed its plans for the engine line-up.

Under the hood, Mazda will install a 2.2-liter turbodiesel unit that will deploy 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be connected thru a new six-speed manual transmission. In this configuration, the automaker said that CX-5 2.2 liter would be 20 percent more efficient than Mazda’s existing 2.2-liter turbodiesel.

Expected to be the best seller in the CX-5, the new diesel engine is a revelation, and pull cleaning and smoothly to its 5,200rpm redline.

Speaking to Auto Express, Mazda UK’s managing director, Jeremy Thompson, said the vehicle would help to rid Mazda of its reputation for bland cabins. He added that the interior and exterior of the vehicle would certainly match.

The production CX-5 is expected to make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. It goes on sale in 2012, most likely labeled a 2013 model.


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