The Mazda CX5 is one of the best driving compact crossovers in it's class.
And here at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Mazda's adding something really really important underneath the hood.
A 2.2 liter sequential twin turbo charged Diesel four-cylinder, making 168 horsepower, and most importantly, 290 pound feet of torque, connected to a six speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive.
Interestingly enough, that engine revs all the way up to 5500 RPM, which is incredibly high for a diesel engine.
But if you look further into the numbers, things get a little bit less compelling.
For instance, fuel economy.
It's 27 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon in the highway, and 29 MPG combined, but that's not really much more than what the standard CX5 with the gas engine does.
The diesel engine's extra torque allows for 1500 pounds more of towing capacity, which brings the CX5 up to 3500 pounds.
So when you look into it, that's really just at par with other compact crossovers in the class.
Things start to get a little bit scary though when you discuss the CX-5 diesel's price.
The diesel engine is only offered on the CX-5's top signature trim.
Which means it's base price is $42,000.
That's $6,000 more than a Chevy Equinox, which is a little bit less powerful but gets three MPG more on the combined cycle.
Of course we'll have to reserve all judgement until we actually get to drive it, but the ultimate question is who's gonna end up buying one of these?