The small turbo diesel finally comes to the U.S., but it's not cheap.
Update: Live photos are now in the gallery.
When the Dieselgate scandal rocked the world a few years back, it seemed certain oil burners would disappear in the U.S. save for big pickup trucks. Diesels are still primarily the domain of trucks, but smaller mills are finding homes in vehicles like the Chevrolet Colorado and, starting next year, the Jeep Gladiator. As of right now, however, you can go to Mazda and order up a CX-5 compact SUV with a twin-turbo 2.2-liter diesel. Well, you can pre-order it, anyway.
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That’s right, the plucky diesel CX-5 has finally made it to U.S. shores and we’ll get right to the point. Nestled beneath the hood of this SUV is a Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter engine equipped with two turbochargers nestled into a single housing. It's estimated to produce 168 horsepower (125 kilowatts) and 290 pound-feet (393 Newton-meters) of torque, which slots the diesel beneath the standard-issue 2.5-liter four-cylinder by a few ponies. The torque rating, however, is nearly equal to the turbocharged 2.5-liter gas engine making 250 hp (186 kW).
As for efficiency, Mazda lists fuel mileage for the diesel CX-5 at 27 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, with a combined rating of 28 mpg. That easily outperforms the turbocharged four-pot at all levels, while besting the base engine by 4 mpg in the city and matching it on the highway. For small SUV shoppers looking for a bit more fizz without added thirst, the diesel CX-5 could be a contender.
There is a catch, however. Right now, Mazda lists the diesel as only available in the range-topping CX-5 Signature AWD model, and it can get pricey. Equipped with the 250-hp turbocharged gas engine the Signature starts at $36,890, but opting for the diesel pushes the MSRP to $41,000. Mileage-conscious SUV shoppers can step into a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with more horsepower and better mileage ratings for considerably less cash, not to mention an all-wheel-drive Honda CR-V.
In its announcement, Mazda alluded to the diesel coming to other trim levels in the future but right now, you can only pre-order a CX-5 Diesel in Signature AWD format. Delivery dates haven’t been revealed, but with Mazda listing this as a 2019 model it should hit dealerships later this year.
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2019 MAZDA CX-5 SIGNATURE DIESEL ARRIVES AT
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
MAZDA’S PATH TO PREMIUM CONTINUES WITH
THE ADDITION OF SKYACTIV-D 2.2 TO U.S. ENGINE LINEUP
NEW YORK (April 17, 2019) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced today at the
2019 New York International Auto Show the arrival of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD
featuring the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine with pre-sales beginning immediately. The show is
open to the public from April 19-28.
In his speech today, Chairman and CEO of MNAO, Masahiro Moro shared updates on Mazda’s
journey to Japanese premium along with the ground breaking of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing,
U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) and the recent leadership enhancements. He introduced Jeffery Guyton as
the new President of MNAO, who brings over 20 years of executive experience from Mazda Motor
Europe (MME), as well as vast knowledge related to Mazda’s biggest announcement of the day -
the long-awaited arrival of Mazda’s diesel engine to the U.S.
As Mazda continues toward premium, Guyton and Moro welcomed the addition of the Skyactiv-D
2.2 engine in the U.S. with the expansion of the powertrain lineup in the CX-5, the brand’s best-
selling vehicle in the region. Skyactiv-D 2.2 provides Mazda fans another option to enjoy the
popular compact crossover SUV and addresses the strong demand for a diesel engine in the U.S.
that offers a premium driving experience.
“As Mazda continues our climb toward premium, we will offer more powertrain choices that
premium customers expect,” said Guyton. “I am happy to share that Mazda’s Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter
diesel engine is joining the U.S. powertrain lineup with our debut model, the 2019 CX-5 Signature
AWD with Skyactiv-D.”
2019 MAZDA CX-5 SIGNATURE DIESEL ARRIVES AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
The 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with Skyactiv-D 2.2 provides a high torque driving experience and
revs freely at high rpms. The Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine is estimated to deliver 168 horsepower at 4,000
rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm with an EPA estimated 27 mpg on city, 30 mpg on highway
and 28 mpg overall. A sequential twin turbocharger realizes smooth and linear response from low to
high engine speeds, and greatly increases low- and high-end torque (up to the 5,500 rpm rev limit).
Mazda worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies, such as the California Air
Resources Board (CARB), to ensure that the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine meets the required emission
standards and passes all appropriate regulations. With an MSRP 1 of $41,000, the 2019 CX-5
Signature AWD with Skyactiv-D 2.2 is available in four color options: Jet Black or premium paint
colors; Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic.
Pre-sale for the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD with Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine is
available now. For more information about the engine and how to sign up, please visit: