Mazda Finally Brings Diesel CX-5 To America, Confirms Diesel AWD Mazda6, Too

While many automakers have started dropping diesels completely (be that only in America or widely), Mazda has just launched its first oil-burner in the United States. It powers the CX-5 Signature AWD compact SUV and is on display at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D unit features a sequential twin turbocharger that provides smooth response from low to high engine speeds, while increasing the low- and high-end torque. The mill produces 168 horsepower (170 PS / 125 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 290 pound-feet (393 Nm) of torque at 2,000 rpm.

Mazda says they worked closely with all federal and state agencies to ensure that the engine meets the required emission standards and passes all appropriate regulations. The unit returns an EPA estimated 27/30/28 mpg (8.7/7.8/8.4 lt/100 km / 32/36/33.6 mpg UK) in city/highway/combined, which it says, represents 15 percent better fuel economy over the equivalent gasoline model.

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“As Mazda continues our climb toward premium, we will offer more powertrain choices that premium customers expect”, said Mazda North America President Jeffrey 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.”

The only standard exterior color available for the diesel-powered CX-5 is the Jet Black. For an extra buck, however, customers can have it finished in Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal or Machine Grey.

Pre-sales of the vehicle kick off now, though first deliveries are set for this July. With an MSRP of $41,000, excluding the $1,045 destination charge, it’s about $4,000 more expensive than the petrol-powered Signature trim.

As Mazda announced during the press conference, the CX-5 Signature won’t remain their only diesel-powered vehicle in North America, as the Mazda6 will join the party with a low-revving engine of its own and all-wheel drive.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    I will say when it comes to the MPG, Mazda diesels don’t provide the huge gain that other manufacturers have. I would want closer to 40 mpg. But I also don’t know if they were able to not use urea which is required in most diesels. That was the one benefit they were initially promising with their Diesel engines.

  • getoffme

    The Rav4 hybrid eats it for breakfast for much less. Mazda has no clue.

  • charlotteharry57

    Both the pricing and diesel make me LOL.


  • Man I’m happy about them doing this but at the same time it just wont sell that much :

  • Kyle Newberry

    So why get the Diesel over the 2.5T, less power and TQ, for marginal MPG gain?

  • Dude

    Mazda is one of the last big automakers to not have been caught cheating on emissions so many they’ll get more buyers

  • Rocket

    I’m a fan of diesels, so I’ll sample one if I can locate one. It would have to really impress me to earn a spot in the garage, however. I’ll be surprised if it survives until the next significant update.

  • Able

    Why is it so detuned and thirsty compared with the rest of the world? 125kW and 393Nm pales compared with the Aussie market’s 140kW and 450Nm figures. Our combined fuel consumption figure is comfortably under 6L/100km as well. What gives? Still, in the tea world it genuinely uses half the fuel of the thirsty 2.5 turbo.

    • jord_hicks

      To cater for AdBlue (diesel exhaust fluid) and stricter emissions requirements, apparently.

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