If you’re a fan of diesel engines and want an alternative to the VW and Audi TDIs, I’ve got some good news for you. Autoweek quotes a “source familiar with Mazda’s development plans” as saying a diesel-powered version of their CX-5 crossover will hit these shores in 2013 as a 2014 model. It will likely be powered by Mazda’s 2.2-liter, direct-injection turbodiesel, which should be good for about 160 horsepower and 310 ft-lb of torque.
The CX-5 will officially make it’s debut at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The long-awaited replacement for Mazda’s Tribute SUV (itself a badge-engineered Ford Escape) will join Mazda’s existing crossovers, the CX-7 and the CX-9. As the name implies, the CX-5 will be the smallest crossover in Mazda’s linup, with an overall length some 5 inches less than Mazda’s current small crossover, the CX-7. It will also be the first of Mazda’s new products to use their SkyActiv powertrain, designed to return both performance and fuel economy.
Here’s the irony: funding for the development of the next rotary engine is dependent upon the success of Mazda’s Sky Activ family. The more SkyActiv CX-5s (and Mazda 3s) the company sells, the more likely funds will be available to continue development of the next RX series sports car.