SkyActiv enables Mazda CX-5 to boast class-leading fuel economy

Article by Anita Panait, on March 28, 2012

The all-new Mazda CX-5 will be installed with the SKYACTIV technology that has a practical fun-to-drive eco approach, providing class leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The Mazda CX-5 would be an excellent deal for the company’s fleet customers since the vehicle’s fuel economy means reduced running costs and lots of savings.

According to Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet for Mazda UK, the SKYACTIV technology allows fleet managers to drastically cut operational costs without compromising performance or handling, adding that the technology offers a complete eco solution. The Mazda CX-5 is well-made to cater to fleet operators as it promises ownership savings and significant financial benefits, when compared to Mazda’s competitors.

EurotaxGlass has forecasted the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel 2WD SE-L 150ps model to have a residual value of £10,666 (46%) at three years per 60,000 miles, which puts it far ahead of Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai and the Ford Kuga.

The 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel 2WD SE-L 150ps model is also a full 10 percentage points better than the Hyundai ix35 Style 2.0-litre CRDi 2WD model, which retains a value of £6,908 (36%) at three years per 60,000 miles.Mazda’s model also has depreciation of around £700 less than that of the Volkswagen Tiguan, which places the CX-5 as the top model in depreciation terms on its class.

Mazda will begin selling the CX-5 this spring with several variants. Mazda will be offering four petrol models and six diesel versions that come with 2-wheel drive. The CX-5’s eight diesel model will come with all-wheel drive. Prices for 2.0-litre petrol versions start from £21,395 OTR for the CX-5 SE-L, rising to £23,995 for the CX-5 Sport NAV. Mazda will also feature the SKYACTIV technology in all of its sixth generation models.

Mazda is entering the competitive compact crossover sports utility vehicle segment with its Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is not just about its good looks. It is intended to evoke a degree of emotion and a driving passion that would make it worthy of being called a Mazda. Therefore, the all-new Mazda CX-5 is the carmaker’s first production model to ever feature its "KODO - Soul of Motion" new design theme. It is inspired by the power and beauty of nature as well as with the concept of motion, so it achieves an exceptional balance between performance and style.

The KODO design theme was first unveiled on the Mazda Shinari in 2010 and then on the Mazda Minagi. The Shinari is a four-door sports coupe concept, while the Minagi is the brand’s compact crossover SUV concept where the CX-5 is based on. Now, starting with the Mazda CX-5, the KODO theme will exemplify a new generation of Mazda vehicle design, which is a faster, more soulful, and more forceful means of motion.

KODO’s essence is brimming with emotion, agility, and vitality, which is very much present in animal movements. Mazda CX-5 designers specifically studied cheetahs and observed how the fastest creatures on the land used their whole body to set an enormous amount of energy into motion with such grace and dexterity. The designers, stirred by such beauty, have set out to push the SUV’s looks to another level through KODO.

This resulted to a sophisticated exterior for the CX-5, wherein SUV functionality and sturdiness are expressed while also boldly projecting a sense of motion with elegance and anticipation for an exhilarating drive.

Additionally, the developers were able to pursue an athletic and imposing design that delivers a great balance between function and form, and even performance. Hence, you have a product that is the perfect combination of Mazda's characteristic emotional and dynamic styling with everything you’d expect from a crossover SUV, including a powerful, active, and powerful appearance.

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