The Mazda CX-5 has earned the respect of the world’s motoring press. Stylish and comfortable, Mazda’s entry in this competitive market segment accomplishes the unexpected. It’s fun to drive. Driving Matters influences every aspect of Mazda’s philosophy. From Kodo design, through the advanced concepts of SKYACTIV drivetrains, i-ACTIV AWD, and i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems, every Mazda is intended to offer a superlative driving experience. Mazda continues to develop engineering and technological advances across their product line. The introduction of a CX-5 featuring a Diesel engine into the Canadian market is an innovative and exciting prospect.
Hybrid and electric vehicles entered the marketplace as possible solutions to the increasing cost of fuel and government-imposed taxation on the use of motor vehicles. Hybrid vehicles introduce another layer of complexity by virtue of being fitted with two power sources, a traditional internal combustion engine, along with an electric drive system. Adding a secondary propulsion system adds weight, by way of the electric motor and its battery system. Given the higher cost of these vehicles, any savings attributable to fuel costs will take years for the average private owner to realize.
Rather than add complexity, Mazda’s engineers continue to seek efficiencies in traditional engine designs. Producing fewer emissions, and enhanced fuel economy, Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines provide performance unimaginable a decade ago. The Mazda diesel will reflect these values, and will provide customers with another choice when selecting their vehicle.
The diesel engine remains a clever piece of engineering which needs to be considered in a larger context. A diesel engine offers distinct advantages in both power produced, and fuel economy. When certification is completed, the Mazda diesel will meet all regulatory emission requirements for the Canadian market.
How does a diesel differ from a gasoline engine? Unlike a gasoline engine that requires a spark plug to ignite the fuel mixture, Diesel’s design injects fuel into the cylinders at the end of the compression cycle, the fuel ignited by the high temperatures created by the rapid compression within the cylinder.
With diesel fuel containing approximately 15% more energy than an equivalent amount of gasoline, vehicles fitted with a diesel engine return on average 20% to 35% greater fuel economy. With the benefit of advanced technologies, Mazda is convinced the diesel engine has a bright future.
The CX-5 diesel model is currently available in both the Japanese and European markets, offering owners the benefits of lower running costs, while providing the performance of a traditional large displacement gasoline engine.
When it’s introduced to the Canadian market, the CX-5 diesel model is expected to feature an engine based on the European specification. Canadian models are anticipated to provide approximately 175 horsepower, with an astounding 300 pound-feet of torque. Based on experience in world market cars, acceleration will be brisk, and will provide excellent reserves of passing power when travelling on a motorway. Japanese and European models of the CX-5 fitted with a diesel engine return highway economy of between 5.4 L/100km and 6.6 L/100km. It isn’t unreasonable to anticipate similar results with the dedicated Canadian model.
Emissions are curtailed with the addition of a urea-based treatment system. A proven design, this system requires nothing more than the occasional replenishment of fluid, easily accomplished via the fuel filler door.
Unlike hybrid and electric vehicles, a Mazda CX-5 diesel model will enjoy the advantage of fewer engineering complications. When compared with electric vehicles, a diesel isn’t reliant on a still-developing charging infrastructure. Diesel is readily available at all gas stations, providing the advantages of being able to quickly refuel and continue the journey, rather than waiting for an enforced period of time to recharge the battery. Electric and hybrid vehicles will continue to improve, but the technological development of both gasoline and diesel engines shouldn’t be over-looked.
The Mazda CX-5 has recently been awarded the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s 2018 award as being the Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada. Feted for its great looks, comfortable and stylish interior design, along with a superlative driving experience, the CX-5 diesel model is an exciting proposition that promises to add a new dimension to the class leading entry in this highly competitive market segment.