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?
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.
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.
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.