Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New 2013 Mazda CX-5 Debuts in Los Angeles

Like many other new production and concept vehicles, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is making its first appearance on U.S. soil at . Mazda's entry in the compact SUV segment, which made its , will go up against the also new Ford Escape and Honda CR-V as well as the current Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage and VW Tiguan models.
The CX-5 is the first Mazda to fully encompass the Japanese brand's SKYACTIVE TECHNOLOGY, which is a suite of powertrains and a chassis architecture designed to save fuel and reduce emissions while retaining a sporty drive.
"Entering an extremely competitive segment, the all-new CX-5 has to offer more than just flash and features, but also has to perform and provide consumers with the dynamic response they've come to expect from Mazda - and it does," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America.
"With its SKYACTIV underpinnings and best-in-class fuel economy, CX-5 proves that fun needn't be sacrificed for fuel efficiency and that compact doesn't equate compromise," he added.
In the U.S., the CX-5 will launch early next year with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine rated at 155-horses at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Buyers will have a choice of two transmissions, the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic.
Mazda said that EPA fuel economy for the CX-5 is estimated at 26 city/33 highway for a front-wheel drive model equipped with a manual gearbox, and at 26 city/32 highway for a FWD model with an automatic transmission.
The all-wheel drive version of , which will be available only with an automatic, is expected to return 25 mpg city /30 mpg highway.


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