Mazda CX-5 engine takes green award

The efficient Skyactiv engine, which improves fuel consumption without affecting power, is already available for the Mazda2 and Mazda3 models but will also be used in the new Mazda CX-5, Mazda’s new crossover SUV.

Mazda says the 1.3-litre Skyactiv-G will have more torque, better fuel economy and lower emissions than previous petrol engines of a similar size.

The new Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011 and Mazda has aimed for its emissions to be sub-120g/km to cut down on road tax costs for customers.

The CX-5 is available with the 1.3-litre Skyactiv-G but is also available with a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel, both of which are designed using the same efficient Skyactiv technology.

The Skyactiv name has also been given to other aspects of the Mazda CX-5’s construction, including its eight per cent lighter body and improved chassis. Although its body is lighter it is also 30 per cent more rigid than non-Skyactiv models.

The Mazda CX-5 is also available with four-wheel drive, although it is considered more of a soft-road vehicle and comes with a two-wheel drive option.

The Mazda CX-5 will be released in 2012, where it will sit below the Mazda CX-7 SUV in the Japanese car maker’s range.

A full range of Mazda vehicles are available from Perry’s dealerships, such as Barnsley and Huddersfield.