The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.
Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.
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