After years of teasing plans to offer a diesel engine variant of its vehicles in the U.S., Mazda debuted its 2019 CX-5 Signature Diesel Crossover at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday.
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Diesel features the automaker’s Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine that’s estimated to deliver 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. It’s also capable of an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.
Mazda customers have asked for a diesel option, said Jeffrey Guyton, president of the automaker’s U.S. operations. The new engine should give the CX-5 “a premium driving experience,” he said.
COMES AT A PRICE
Buyers who want to go diesel will have to pay a premium upon the vehicle’s release. The new CX-5 Signature Diesel will cost $5,000 more than the highest trim of its gasoline counterpart, the CX-5 Signature.
Preorder the diesel Mazda CX-5 via the automaker’s website. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)
The automaker also plans to use the engine to bring a Mazda 6 sedan to the U.S. market.
Mazda says it worked with federal and state agencies to make certain the twin-turbocharged Skyactiv-D engine meets emissions regulations.
The new diesel crossover slots into Mazda’s CX-5 lineup at the height of the model’s popularity. After selling 150,622 CX-5’s in 2018, the most it has sold in a calendar year, Mazda’s already seen more than 37,000 sold through the first three months of 2019. It’s currently in its second generation.
Mazda will take preorders for the all-wheel-drive crossover via its website. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Diesel has a starting price of $42,045 and is available in Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic.