The new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre engine will deliver a claimed 138 kW of power and 250Nm of torque. This represents a 15 per cent increase in power over the superseded 2.5 litre engine that powered the front-drive CX-7 Classic, while torque is up by 22 per cent.
CX-5 models equipped with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine will deliver fuel economy figures better than 8.0 litres per 100km, according to Mazda, which is an improvement of at least 15% over the CX-7 Classic.
Mazda Australia national marketing manager, Alastair Doak said, "The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the big success stories of 2012. The opportunity to introduce a more powerful All-Wheel Drive petrol model will cement the CX-5 as a leader in the popular medium SUV segment."
AWD CX-5 models with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel engine are unchanged and expected to continue selling strongly, despite the new engine offering. Front-Wheel Drive models will continue to use the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engine.
The new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engine Mazda CX-5 will be available in the first quarter of 2013.