New Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV first production model to fully adopt SKYACTIV and KODO
The first of the major vehicle announcements from the 64th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA aka Frankfurt Motor Show) has broken cover with Mazda announcing that it will debut an all-new CX-5 crossover SUV. The new beastie will be the first to fully adopt Mazda's SKYACTIV technology and to be styled with the company's latest "KODO - Soul of Motion" design theme first seen in the SHINARI and MINAGI concept cars.
The new CX-5 will be rolled out globally from early 2012 and will be the first production showcase of the complete gamut of SKYACTIV technologies, which cover almost all aspects of a vehicle - apart from the new gasoline and diesel engines, SKYACTIV technology is also used in the new manual and automatic transmissions, the body and the chassis.
The European spec engine lineup will include a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter gas engine and a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 liter diesel engine, which will come in both standard and a higher powered version.
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine model with the "standard" engine performance, front-wheel-drive, SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission and i-stop micro hybrid technologies apparently achieves CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km which is quite remarkable for a compact SUV.
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