Mazda Hopes For a Ten-Percent Take Rate With the 2018 CX-5 Diesel
Skyactiv-D Technology Could Give Crossover More Than 300 Lb-Ft
Mazda hopes the upcoming diesel version of its 2017 CX-5 crossover will achieve a one-tenth take rate in U.S. showrooms, if a report from Automotive News is to be believed. Furthermore, the CX-5 won’t be the only oil-burning Mazda in the company’s lineup, since North American Operations President and CEO Masahiro Moro thinks the crossover will be successful enough to justify other diesel-powered models.
The CX-5 diesel will be the second such compact crossover on the market, as Chevrolet will market the Equinox with a 1.6L turbodiesel I-4. However, while the Bow Tie will make 137 hp and 240 lb-ft, we expect Mazda’s 2.2L Skyactiv-D I-4 to make at least 170 hp and 300 (!) lb-ft, giving the CX-5 pretty impressive verve off the line.
According to Automotive News, Moro said the CX-5’s diesel engine would initially only be offered on top-spec Grand Touring variants before eventually trickling down to the crossover’s other trim levels. This tactic will likely give the CX-5 diesel a starting price of around $35,000, which is a lot of money for the class. Softening the blow will be a long list of equipment and a highway fuel economy rating that gets close to (or exceeds) 40 mpg. Such efficiency numbers would put the CX-5 near the top of the SUV class, beating out even the hybrid crossovers from Toyota and Nissan.
The first U.S.-market diesel Mazda CX-5 should hit dealers this fall, just in time for the 2018 model year. The EPA is certifying the engine to meet stringent diesel emissions standards currently, and Mazda expects the agency’s approval within a few months.
Other manufacturers (like Mercedes-Benz) have abandoned the diesel segment due to increased scrutiny on diesel vehicles. We hope Mazda doesn’t face the same fate.
Source: Automotive News