Big news from Mazda this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker announced it will at long last deliver a promised diesel engine on a U.S. production model. The lucky diesel-to-be is the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and it will arrive sometime next year.
The CX-5 will be the first Mazda ever using diesel in North America. It will offer the option of Mazda’s long-anticipated SkyActiv-D 2.2 clean diesel engine under the hood.
The announcement follows years of delays that had people wondering if it would even happen. It took Mazda longer than expected to tweak its engine to meet U.S. emission standards.
After Volkswagen’s dieselgate, Mazda makes it clear the engine “will meet the region’s strict emission standards” and touts it as a top-of-its-class contender for fuel efficiency.
The rumble of diesel continues to be a concern for some drivers. Mazda takes care of the issue in the CX-5 with Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control. These work together to reduce engine sounds.
Two other engines are available on the redesigned CX-5 if you want to completely forego diesel. Gas options are the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engines. All three engines come with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.
Design wise, the 2017 model also gets a complete makeover.
The outside gets a 0.39-inch wider front and rear tread. It also get lowered. Combined this creates a more grounded look and drive.
The front shows a thinner face with lower headlamps. The signature wing look combines with a grille that uses a three-dimensional pattern.
Inside drivers choose between white leather, black leather, and black fabric.
The seats are designed for maximum comfort with air conditioning louvers. The lines on the start at the steering wheel and flow outwards.
The idea behind it emphasizes what Mazda stands for. Driving first paired with quality comfort.
The CX-5 will arrive in Japan first. It will then join global markets and will arrive in the States mid-2017.