In the U.S., the 2013 Mazda CX-5 will launch with only the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G inline-four gasoline engine, but fans of even more enthusiastic and fuel-efficient driving will want to mark 2013 on their calendar. Mazda has said that it plans on bringing the new Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. in 2013, and although it did not say which vehicle this engine would debut in, the European-spec CX-5 will offer this engine at launch. Like the CX-5 itself, the Skyactiv-G is a completely new engine that has been optimized for performance and efficiency with lower weight, higher compression and less internal friction (and parasitic power loss) all of which help make the engine's 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque more enjoyable. Attentive eyes will notice that the CX-5's torque rating is slightly higher than the Mazda3 which uses this same engine, and this is a result of the unique 4-2-1 exhaust manifold not used on the 3.
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