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2013 Mazda CX-5 Debuts in Los Angeles With 33 MPG Highway

Japanese automaker Mazda took the wraps off the CX-5 mini crossover for the US market today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The little soft-roader is the first vehicle in America to benefit from Mazda’s new SKYACTIV tech, which is directed at powertrain development to save fuel.
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"Entering an extremely competitive segment, the all-new CX-5 has to offer more than just flash and features, but also has to perform and provide consumers with the dynamic response they've come to expect from Mazda - and it does," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America.

The US version of the CX-5 will have the same SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, producing 155 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. When the mini SUV is launched next year, it will come with either a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic.

The big news is that the the manual is expected to get 26 mpg city and 33 mph highway in front wheel drive spec, while the auto returns 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Chief Designer, Masashi Nakayama says: "With the CX-5, our focus was on expressing a strong sense of vitality and agility. We looked at videos of cheetahs; their agile footwork and how they use their entire body as a spring to accelerate rapidly and change the direction instantly. They emanate great energy throughout their entire body. Inspired by their efficient yet beautiful movements, we aimed to push the SUV appearance to new levels with KODO design language."

 
 
 
 
 

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