The ongoing EPA diesel situation isn’t scaring Mazda away. The marque has just announced that their 2.2L SkyActiv-D diesel powertrain is coming to North America.
The engine has been available globally in the CX-5 since its launch in 2012, but EPA requirements forced Mazda to detune it so much that they were unhappy with its resulting performance and opted instead to go back to the drawing board.
Soon to be available in conjunction with the launch of the next-generation CX-5, the SkyActiv-D model will be the first Mazda diesel ever sold on our continent and will make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
Two key technologies, which Mazda calls its Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, aim to combat diesel knock and make the engine quieter than other diesel-powered blocks.
Diesel-powered CX-5s will begin arriving in North America in the second half of 2017.
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