• Jan 24, 2011
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In the U.S., the Mazda5 MPV, a more spacious version of the Mazda3, stands alone in its class. However, over in Europe, the mini-minivan segment is chock full of vehicles like the Ford Grand C-Max to compete with the Mazda5 for sales. It's this level of competition that has driven the Japanese automaker to introduce a more fuel-efficient, optional 1.6-liter diesel engine in its European-bound 2012 Mazda5.

The 1.6-liter oil-burning mill cranks out 113 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The engine routes power to the front axle via a six-speed manual transmission. Mazda lists the MPV's 0-60 miles per hour time at 13.7 seconds and claims that the compact minivan tops out at 112 mph. A weight reduction of 264 pounds contributes to the new Mazda5's improved fuel efficiency, which, when equipped with the 1.6-liter diesel engine, stands at 45 miles per gallon (U.S.) combined. For now, the clean-burning diesel mill is only available on TS2 and Sport Mazda5 models sold in Europe. Meanwhile, the entire U.S.-bound 2012 Mazda5 range, which will hit dealerships by the end of January, receive the automaker's 2.5-liter inline-four gasoline-burning engine.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      bring it to US
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does it always say clean and diesel together? I guess clean here refers to relative historically. Also ABG should indicate whether the mpg reported is ECE or EPA (this case it's again ECE).

      I believe Mazda has plans to add start/stop for US models eventually but EPA really should adjust the city testing to include this since most people definitely would benefit from this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        EPA doesn't need to adjust city cycle for start/stop. The current cycle is 11 miles long and has 23 stops. 18 percent of the EPA city cycle is spent idling.

        If start stop can't show an advantage there, it is likely of little use in the real world either.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why does it always say clean and diesel together?...

        Why is there always the obligatory comment about clean diesel being an oxymoron in any discussion about diesels?
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW, with all its problems, can manage to offer a 50-state approved turbodiesel option for the U.S., but domestic automaker are too lazy to do so?

      An Asian automaker is going to eat their lunch on diesel offerings for U.S. passenger vehicles (and offer much better reliability than VW)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, the gas version isn't interesting, but I would seriously consider the diesel. No diesel, no sale!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a model with AWD and start-stop technology come to the U.S. Diesel would be somewhat interesting too.

        • 3 Years Ago
        There will be an AWD Mazda 5 in Japan.
        In Europe, "The new Mazda5 comes with a new 2.0-litre DISI direct injection petrol engine equipped with i-stop"

        We'll see which combinations, IF ANY, make it to the USA. Audi sells an A3 2.0 TDI 170 quattro with Stop-start in Europe, but you can only get two of those, separately, in the USA. Stop-start is not happening at all in the USA apart from full hybrids, which is ridiculous. Stop selling us cars that pollute at a standstill, the USA is not a backward third-world country!