After years of waiting, Mazda has finally brought its Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine to North America.
The new Skyactiv-D Mazda diesel engine will debut in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature model. It will be available in the second quarter of 2019 which basically means very soon.
Paired with all-wheel drive in the CX-5’s top Signature trim, the 2.2-liter diesel engine will develop 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm. NRCan says the CX-5 diesel will have an average fuel economy rating of 8.9 liters per 100 kilometers in the city, and 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. Average fuel consumption is rated at 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers.
That makes the Mazda CX-5 diesel announced today at the 2019 New York Auto Show one of the most fuel-efficient compact SUVs on sale right now. It’s only real competitor is the Chevrolet Equinox which also offers a diesel engine.
The Skyactiv-D engine will be available as an option in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature, the top-of-the-line CX-5 model. The CX-5 also offers a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque along with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV engine with cylinder deactivation.
With the 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel, Mazda is fulfilling a long-awaited promise of bringing its Skyactiv-D engine to North America. The engine features a unique software to control combustion as well as an exhaust treatment system that ensures the new CX-5 diesel will meet emission regulations.
In other words, no Dieselgate here. The question is, will consumers ever trust diesel engines again? After Volkswagen’s faux-pas, many automakers moved away from diesel because of its poor reputation in the market. The unfortunate side effect of this is that we lost a range of efficient powertrains that provide ample torque with reasonable fuel consumption.
Diesel engines stand out by offering more torque than their four-cylinder gasoline counterparts which translates into a unique, sportier feeling in the city combined with impressive fuel economy.
For example, Mazda says its diesel engine will average 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers while its 2.5-liter turbocharged has an average of 9.7 liters per 100 kilometers. It’s 2.5-liter with cylinder deactivation averages 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers and has over 100 pound-feet of torque less than the new Skyactiv-D.
We will know more about how much the diesel engine option in the Mazda CX-5 will cost in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.