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Mazda announced it will offer the Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel engine in the redesigned CX-5 for North America from the second half of 2017. It will be the automaker’s first diesel engine model in North America.

The automaker claims the engine will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the new SUV one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.

The engine has Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, proprietary technologies that reduce diesel knock sound.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice president and representative director.

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