People had been waiting for Mazda CX-5 Diesel SUV. Mazda is finally bringing a diesel engine to the US. The Japanese automaker is launching its Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in the 2019 CX-5 crossover, the company announced at the New York Auto Show.
The long-awaited diesel is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with twin sequential turbochargers, making 168 horsepower and a massive 290 lb-ft of torque. The diesel will only be offered in the top-of-the-line CX-5, the all-wheel drive Signature model, priced at $41,000. That’s over $4000 more than equivalent CX-5 Signature with the 2.5-liter turbo gas engine.
The CX-5 Diesel gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, 28 combined. That’s better than the all-wheel drive gas model, though a CX-5 with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated gas engine and front-wheel drive manages 25 mpg in the city, 31 highway and 28 combined.
Mazda is going to be one of the only automakers to offer a diesel passenger car in the US when the optional engine arrives. 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.