Fuel economy in the best-performing diesel version of the new Mazda CX-5 is above 60mpg and Mazda has achieved this by an almost obsessive weight reduction programme.
This includes a new, lightweight chassis, engines that are ten per cent lighter than previous versions and even a new ‘resin’ material to reduce the weight of the front bumper by 20 per cent.
This focus on reducing the weight of even the smallest aspect of the car is design to work alongside an aerodynamic body shape to reduce running costs.
Mazda will also introduce more efficient engines and gearboxes to the new Mazda CX-5. It has called this technology ‘Skyactiv’ and included a petrol ‘Skyactiv-G’ and diesel ‘Skyactiv-D’ engines in the range.
SUVs, even compact ones, are not known for their low emissions and fuel economy but a new, lightweight build means the Mazda MX-5 delivers an impressive 119g/km of CO2 emissions in two-wheel drive form.
This means first year road tax is free and makes it one of the cleanest and most efficient compact SUVs on the market.
Mazda says the new engines will improve CO2 emissions by 15 per cent and fuel economy by 10 per cent over previous versions.
For new car buyers, this means lower running costs and cheaper road tax from the new, more efficient compact SUV.
The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in 2011 as a concept car but the first models are expected to arrive in UK Mazda dealerships in May 2012.
New Mazda CX-5 prices have not been announced but the entry-point is expected to be in the region of £22,000 once it goes on sale.