New Mazda CX-5 to be Fun, Frugal Thanks to SkyActiv Technology

By Jacob Brown | June 14, 2011
Expected to go on sale in spring of 2012, the Mazda CX-5 crossover will not only usher in the company’s first all-new vehicle since Ford’s divestiture of the Japanese maker of “zoom-zoom,” but it will also be the first full implementation of Mazda’s SkyActiv technology on a production vehicle. As our sister publication, Motor Trend, first reported on the Minagi concept at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, SkyActiv is designed to meet the ever tightening government emissions and fuel economy regulations with more efficient engines and transmissions as well as lighter-weight platforms. The SkyActiv engines, which will employ direct-injection a mighty high 14.0:1 compression ratio, aim to increase power outputs and fuel economy in smaller displacement engines without sacrificing performance. The modularity of the CX-5’s platform will also allow engineers to use many of the same components in cars ranging from the Mazda3 compact sedan all the way up in size to the CX-7 midsize crossover. Although the SkyActiv platform will reportedly be up to 8 percent lighter than its predecessors, Mazda says it will also be 30 percent more rigid, which should also help improve overall vehicle safety.
While the first SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter direct-injected gasoline engine will go on sale in the 2012 Mazda3, pushing fuel economy up from 33 mpg highway to around 40 mpg, the CX-5 will be the first application of all the weight-saving and performance technologies developed for SkyActiv. The compact crossover will also usher in Mazda’s first use of its “Kodo,” or “soul of motion,” design language seen on the Minagi. Sources indicate the CX-5 will look very similar to the Minagi when it reaches production. With 40 mpg CAFE standards right around the corner, Mazda’s SkyActiv technology gives us hope that the next round of ever-more-efficient cars won’t have to compromise fun for frugality. Sources: Autocar (UK), Mazda
Kevin W.
Kevin W.

I wish Mazda would come out with some power numbers. SkyActive G is already making it's way into the Mazda 2, and finding out how much HP the engine makes is a grand mystery.