Mazda will debut an all-new Mazda CX-5 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and for once, all-new really is all-new. The new crossover vehicle debuts the production version of Mazda’s new Kodo design theme and also represents the first full implementation of Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology.
Kodo translates from Japanese as “soul of motion,” or so we’re told by Mazda. It replaces the controversial Nagare, or flow styling, that only recently saw full expression in the Mazda’s Mazda5 compact wagon “all-activity vehicle”, but was also criticized for the just-too-happy grin on the Mazda Mazda2 and Mazda3 sedans and hatches. With the CX-5, Nagare is gone, the design theme’s fate sealed before it arrived.
The Mazda CX-5, however, debuts the more significant–mechanically, at least–Skyactiv Technology (Mazda puts it in all-caps, but we won’t). Skyactiv includes new lightweight chassis construction but also two new engines–one gasoline and one diesel–both with a remarkable for each 14.0:1 compression ratio.
The gasoline-fueled Mazda Skyactiv-G engine will be the highest compression production gas engine. Mazda credits a 4-2-1 exhaust system, a special piston with a deep cavity on its face, multihole [direct] injectors and other innovations. Mazda claims that in the Mazda2 (Demio in Japan), the engine will return fuel mileage of 70 miles per gallon (on Japan’s 10-15 test cycle) without the expense of hybrid technology. In addition to the better fuel economy, low and mid-range torque will increase by fifteen percent, Mazda says, making it a win-win.
The lower compression ratio of the diesel, however, will increase in fuel economy of twenty percent and have a particularly clean exhaust with low CO2 emissions. The Skyactiv-D engines will be less expensive to build, says Mazda, and will meet future Euro 6 emission standards without the after-treatment usually needed to reduce NOx. .” Skyactiv-D engines will have two-phase turbochargers, said Mazda, for a “smooth and linear response from low to high engine speeds.” Like the gasoline engines, the Skyactiv-D will have increased torque all the way up to the rev limit of 5,200 rpm.
A facelifted Mazda3 will make its European debut at Frankfurt, most noticeably with the grin less Nagare and more Kodo. Mazda will also update interior design, and the 2012 Mazda Mazda3 will have “more sporty and stable driving dynamics.”
Mazda has previously announced that it “intends to carry out the global launch of the SKY-G engine mated to the SKY-Drive transmission in the U.S. market in 2011.” The SKY-Drive automatic transmission will mimic the “direct-performance feel like that of a dual-clutch transmission.” The SKY-D engine will come to the U.S. in 2012 and will also be mated the SKY-Drive transmission.