Mazda's long-delayed CX-5 Diesel debuted at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
Mazda says the Skyactiv-D 2.2 will deliver 168 horsepower and a stout 290 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy numbers are estimated at 27 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
The CX-5's available uplevel 2.5-liter turbocharged gas engine actually puts out substantially more horsepower, 227 hp (250 on 93 octane) and even more torque -- 310 pound-feet -- at the same low 2,000-RPM engine speed as the diesel. The turbocharged gas engine isn't nearly as miserly, however, with ratings falling to 22 mpg city, 27 highway and 24 mpg combined.
Tow ratings for the CX-5 diesel have not yet been released, but if they're a good bit higher than the 2,000-pound limit of the gas-engined models, that could be a significant differentiator for potential customers, all while offering potentially longer range between fill-ups, too.
According to an official release, "Mazda worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to ensure that the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine meets the required emission standards and passes all appropriate regulations."
Mazda is taking reservations for the CX-5 Diesel starting now.
Aside from its engine, the CX-5 has all the same design and equipment that make us love other versions of the crossover.
With diesel costing a bit more than gas right now, and the CX-5 Diesel's somewhat underwhelming mileage figures, it remains to be seen if the new model will attract buyers.
The diesel engine will only be available in the CX-5's top Signature trim with standard all-wheel drive, starting at $41,000 plus $1,045 for destination ($1,090 in Alaska).
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