Mazda starts production of CX-5 with SKYACTIV-D diesel image

Mazda Motor Corp. today commenced production of the all-new Mazda CX-5 with its new-generation SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel engine at its Ujina Plant – Japan.

The Japanese automaker said that the new CX-5 will be the first model of its new-generation products that adopts SKYACTIV technologies including new-generation engines, transmissions, body and chassis.

The 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D produces an impressive 129kW of power and 420Nm of torque, putting it at least 47kW and 150Nm ahead of the best that the Peugeot and MINI can muster.

In addition, SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine is the world’s first diesel engine to comply with global exhaust gas regulations, including Japan’s Post New Long-Term Regulations and Europe’s Euro6, without the need for an expensive nitrogen oxide (NOx) aftertreatment system, such as the urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system or Lean NOx Trap (LNT) catalyst.

In the U.S., a Mazda spokesperson, responding to a query from Inside Line, said:

“While I cannot divulge which Mazda vehicle will be outfitted with the Skyactiv-D 2.2L diesel for the U.S. market, I can say to expect that vehicle within the next 18 months.”

Longer term, the SkyActiv D may also find its way into the next Mazda6 mid-size sedan, and even a Mazda3 diesel is a (somewhat remote) possibility.

The CX-5 will be offered in three trim levels with features such as segment-first blind spot monitoring and rain-sensing wipers in the range-topping GT. The CX-5 will be available in March of 2012.