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by Tim Beissmann

More details of the 2012 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover have been revealed overnight at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

The all-new Mazda CX-5 promises to be a leader in the SUV market from an efficiency perspective, thanks to the widespread implementation of the Japanese brand’s innovative SkyActiv technology.

The SkyActiv-D 2.2-litre diesel engine is a state-of-the-art Euro 6-compliant unit. According to European standards, the diesel engine (teamed with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission) will use just 4.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emit 119g/km CO2.

The Australian tune of the engine – expected to be the higher output 129kW/420Nm unit – will use slightly more fuel than the quoted 110kW/380Nm tune. The figure will also creep up slightly under Australian standards, but is still likely be around 5.0 litres/100km when it hits local showrooms. All-wheel drive and six-speed automatic variants will also use marginally more fuel.

At that rate, the CX-5 should eclipse all current diesel-powered SUV competitors, including the Hyundai ix35/Kia Sportage (7.5 litres/100km), Mitsubishi ASX (5.9 litres/100km) and the Peugeot 3008 (5.1 litres/100km). The quirky MINI Countryman D achieves combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.4 litres/100km, but arguably occupies a different section of the market.

The SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine also promises to be close to the top of its class from a fuel economy perspective. With 121kW of power and 210Nm of torque, the FWD manual boasts European figures of 6.0 litres/100km, which will climb slightly in Australia but will still come in below 6.5 litres/100km. Again, adding AWD and the auto transmission will lead to higher figures, but it will still be more fuel efficient than the top sellers in the compact SUV class.

The Mazda CX-5 is expected to go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2012, at which time it will replace the Mazda CX-7, which is a larger design that has been on sale in Australia since 2006.

More details will be revealed closer to the Mazda CX-5’s Australian launch next year.