2014 Mazda CX-5 May Gain Larger 2.5L Skyactiv Engine Option

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

If there’s anything wrong with the 2013 Mazda CX-5, it’s that the 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine isn’t exactly a powerhouse.

Delivering 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, the engine is slightly more powerful than the version in the 2012 Mazda3, and is segment leading for fuel economy, though it lacks the punch of much of its competitors.

According to a tip we’ve received after a Mazda dealer meeting in Chicago, Mazda will solve that problem with a larger and more powerful engine that will be offered as an option. Set to first debut in the upcoming 2014 Mazda6, the 2.5-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder should make closer to 170 hp with equal torque and deliver the brand’s fun-to-drive characteristics.

What isn’t yet clear is if Mazda plans to offer the CX-5 with a diesel powertrain option. Our tipster, however, has confirmed that the new Skyactiv-D diesel engine will arrive in the Mazda6 in October of 2013.

Read AutoGuide’s 2013 Mazda CX-5 Review Here

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Groundhog2008 Groundhog2008 on Mar 01, 2013

    i would buy the cx-5 diesel today if it were avalible and priced slightly higher than the gas version.when is the projected arrival date?

  • Eved6363 Eved6363 on Mar 03, 2013

    New 184 hp engine is NOT available on the SPORT model with the manual transmission. The two other levels both got the new upgraded engine but, of course, with automatics. Even the new 6 gets the 184 hp engine in the Sport model with a manual. Why has Mazda cut manual shifting lovers out of the action? Stupid. Also the new diesel (which was named Car of the Year in Japan and comes with a manual trannie) only has an automatic. I am sick of CVT's, auto-manual shifters, automatic shifters et al. I am 66 and LOVE shifting. Heck of all my bicycles the one with the least number of gears has 27. Hey Mazda, but the zoom, zoom back in the Sport model. And my other gripe is that for the same money, the 6 with manual comes with a leather steering wheel and gear shift knob. Why, you can't even get those as an option on the manual CX-5. Come on Mazda, act like a real car company instead of copying (UGH) Detroit.