• Mazda CX-5 Diesel

Mazda CX-5 Diesel will be Premium, Arrives Next Month

The only small diesel crossover on the market.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams July 23, 2019

If you’re looking for a diesel-powered vehicle these days, the options are slim. But just days after two of the last-standing models were taken off the list, Mazda has priced a diesel crossover of its own. And the CX-5 Skyactiv-D will arrive at dealers in August.

The new diesel engine is a 2.2L four-cylinder. It comes with a sequential twin-turbo setup. Mazda says that this means a more linear response from low to high rpm, and that it increases torque across the rev band

So what are the figures? 168 hp and a decidedly healthy 290 lb-ft of torque. More impressively, that peak torque shows up at just 2,000 rpm.

Adding a diesel engine choice to the CX-5 isn’t a trivial matter these days, so Mazda’s positioning it as a premium product. Apparently hoping for buyers who want the experience and not just fuel economy. Which is good, because the 8.9 L/100 km city and 7.5 L/100 km highway rating isn’t much better than 9.3/7.6 the non-turbo 2.5 gas offers.

To help showcase its premiumness, Mazda is offering the Skyactiv-D only in Signature trim. That’s the top spec for the CX-5, which makes this one very well equipped. The CX-5 has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with cocoa Nappa leather seats, Abachi real wood trim, and satin chrome accents. Plus a head-up display and ventilated front seats.

A far cry from the Zoom Zoom of old, Mazda says the CX-5’s seat “appeals to mature sensibilities.”

“Our journey towards Mazda Premium means offering our customers the premium choices they expect, and the 2019 CX-5 offers cutting edge powertrain options, including a fuel-efficient gasoline engine with cylinder deactivation, a powerful turbo gasoline engine, and now the smooth and refined power delivery of a quiet and clean diesel engine,” said Mazda Canada CEO David Klan.

The CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D will also come with two years and 32,000 km complimentary scheduled maintenance. A purchase bonus that’s usually found on more premium brands, and it reflects Mazda’s move to put itself on that list.

So what will the CX-5 diesel cost? It starts from $45,950, the only small diesel crossover on the market. It’ll arrive at dealers in August.

Mazda CX-5 Diesel