Saturday, February 24, 2024
5 Questions Answered 5 Questions About the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel Answered

5 Questions About the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel Answered

There were times when we wondered if Mazda was even going to bring a diesel engine to North America. Enter the New York Auto Show and the Mazda CX-5.

The new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel came unannounced at this year’s NYIAS. There were a few rumors, but nothing concrete enough to expect to see the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel mill we’ve been longing to see on any Mazda model. Initial reports suggested it would be available the Mazda6, but making it available on the Mazda CX-5 was the smarter move by Mazda.

Already one of the most fuel-efficient compact SUVs in its segment, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 adds an even more frugal engine to its lineup that also includes a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine in the CX-5 Signature, and a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine with cylinder deactivation.


What’s New About The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel?

2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show
2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show

Obviously, the diesel engine is new. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel in question develops 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. It will average 8.9 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway and 7.9 on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of just 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

That means it will be more efficient than both the turbocharged 2.5-liter and the regular 2.5-liter Skyactiv engines currently offered on the 2019 Mazda CX-5.

Its 290 pound-feet of torque will be available at just 2,000 rpm like the Signature model’s 2.5-liter turbo engine. That model delivers 310 pound-feet, however, and as such will still be the top dog performance-wise in the CX-5 lineup. That said, the CX-5 Diesel should prove quite a bit faster off the line than the other CX-5 engines. Of course, it will be the most efficient in the lineup as well.

It will be available only in the Signature trim for now which includes 19-inch wheels, Nappa leather, Abachi wood, frameless rearview mirror and LED front and rear room lamps. These features are added to the ventilated front seats, Bose audio system, leather seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and i-Activesense active safety features found in other CX-5 trims.

In other words, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel will be fully loaded with all the features you could want.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show
2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show


How Much Will It Cost?

We don’t know yet. We are expecting a premium over the current Mazda CX-5 Signature which starts at $40,950, but it won’t be a huge price increase. Somewhere in the $42,000-range would seem to make sense.


When Will It Be Released?

The Mazda CX-5 diesel will debut as a 2019 model in the second half of this year meaning sometime in the fall.


What Other Models Should You Consider?

The “normal” Mazda CX-5 has a ton of competition, but the diesel version won’t have so much. As of right now, only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are offered with a diesel engine option. If you want a diesel-powered compact SUV, the Mazda CX-5 will be your only non-GM option for now.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show
2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at 2019 New York Auto Show


What Do We Think About the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel?

We are happy to finally see a Mazda diesel engine in North America and we are glad it’s coming the Mazda CX-5. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel, but we’re convinced it will be a strong performer. The only real question left to answer is whether or not Canadian consumers will warm back up to diesel engines.

Trending Now

Volkswagen Reportedly Planning Boxster-Related New Scirocco

New 'Roc could arrive in 2028 Would share platform with Porsche and Audi TT One of the coolest Volkswagens of all could be making...

Hispano Suiza Teases Big Wing, Big Battery Carmen Sagrera

Newest Carmen gets big carbon wing Latest model to go on sale later this year The reborn Hispano Suiza car company is teasing another...

Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV to be unveiled in June

The Hyundai Ioniq 7 is expected to be the South Korean brand's future electric SUV. It is due to be unveiled at the Busan Motor...

2025 Lexus UX Gets Fifth-Gen Hybrid Power

250h becomes 300h with 196 hp Lexus updates safety system, new screens and dash Lexus is giving its smallest model a boost for 2025....

Fiat 500e Production for Canada has Started

500e will be lightest, cheapest EV in Canada Model built at historic Turin plant Fiat has just built the first 500e bound for Canada....
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.