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Steane Klose | Jan 24, 2012

Mazda Australia has confirmed that its soon to arrive CX-5 SUV, powered by the new 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, will deliver combined-cycle fuel economy of 5.7 L/100km.

You can currently buy more frugal compact SUVs. The Peugeot 3008 1.6 XSE HDi claims a combined-cycle figure of 5.1L/100km, and the MINI Cooper D Countryman just 4.4L/100km, but neither can compete with the CX-5s prodigious outputs.

The 2.2 litre 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. The higher outputs (particularly torque), should give the CX-5 a distinct driveability advantage.

The CX-5 leads the rest of the compact SUV segment, with the next best performing fuel miser being the Mitsubishi ASX (5.9L/100km).

Mazda Australia national marketing manager Alastair Doak, said that Mazda was “confident that CX-5 has the goods to become one of Australia’s most popular SUVs”.

The diesel powered CX-5, with AWD and the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission combination, will also mark the first time that Mazda has offered a diesel automatic in Australia.

“We’ve been keen to add a diesel engine with an automatic transmission to our range for quite some time. The development of the CX-5 and our new SKYACTIV Technology has given us this opportunity and, quite frankly, we can’t wait to get it here,” said Mazda Australia national marketing manager Alastair Doak.

Mazda has yet to release pricing or specification details for the new CX-5 range.

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