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Mazda set for CX-5 and Skyactiv launch

Mazda’s new CX-5 will go on sale in the UK on May 18 priced from £21,395 and is expected to account for over 4,000 UK sales in its first year.

The arrival of the CX-5 comes at an essential time for the franchise with dealers waiting on new product for a while. The CX-5 also introduces Mazda’s new Skyactiv technology which will make the model range competitive with rivals in areas like fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Peter Allibon, Mazda UK sales director, believes the CX-5 will “transform the compact SUV segment in Britain”.

He said: “Skyactiv technology runs through every element of the car allowing Mazda to build a compact SUV that delivers class-leading CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel consumption.

“This is offered without compromising the driving dynamics or price competitiveness, unlike many other brands with eco sub brands or hybrid and electric vehicle alternatives.”

Mazda CX-5 drivers will have the choice of two new engines with three power outputs – the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol powerplant with 163bhp, or the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbo diesel unit – expected to account for 85% of UK sales – with outputs of 148bhp or 173bhp.

The lower powered 2.2-litre diesel can deliver 61.4mpg and 119g/km of CO2. The engine line-up is mated to two new six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual and Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions. In the UK the Skyactiv-MT manual transmission is expected to account for around 75% of sales.

See the June print issue of AM to read our first road test of the CX-5.

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