Mazda CX-5 Diesel Makes Over 300 Lb-Ft of Torque; But Will We Get it?

Mazda CX-5 Diesel Makes Over 300 Lb-Ft of Torque; But Will We Get it?

Mazda has confirmed the Minagi-inspired CX-5 will be sold in North America and execs have also revealed that in the future the company will sell a diesel-powered model on our shores. Are these two announcements one in the same? We’ll have to wait and see.

Regardless of what package it comes in, details of Mazda’s new SkyActiv diesel engine are coming to light, with an impressive improvement over the previous diesel 4-cylinder that has been available in other markets. According to AutoCar the new 2.2-liter diesel engine will make 173-hp at 4500 rpm and a tremendous 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. Those numbers make it a functional engine option for anything from the next-gen Mazda3 to the larger Mazda6 and several of the brand’s crossovers.

When the CX-5 does launch in the Spring of 2012, it is expected to first be available with Mazda’s new 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that will join the Mazda lineup later this year in the Mazda3.

GALLERY: Mazda Minagi

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[Source: AutoCar]

  • Scott

    This sounds phenomenal I want one- ASAP Mazda and please stay true to your roots in offering manuals. I’ve waited a long time for something EXACTLY like this. VW dropped the ball on not giving us a diesel Tiguan like they originally said. This thing will sell like hotcakes. Name another compact affordable SUV with anywhere close to this power/efficiency mix- HOTCAKES! Diesel is the answer and it appears little ol’ Mazda is the one moving forward while the others are about to get dusted.

  • Dennis

    I was disappointed when Honda did not bring their diesel to the USA. I was real interested when Subaru came out with their diesel, but again it did not make it over here. If I can buy a CX-5 with the diesel engine and a manual transmission in 2012, I plan to do so.

  • Fingers

    Agree with Dennis. Bring CX-5/diesel in, all-wheel-drive please, Mazda, and I’ll buy one.

  • Gordon

    I really hope this isn’t just another false hope. I WILL BUY the first compact AWD diesel that hits the market here. Subaru promised, then dumped their boxer diesel Forester. VW did the same with the Tiguan. Ditto Audi’s A3 and Q5, BMW’s X3, and Mercedes’ GLK. I feel like Charlie Brown with the football always pulled away at the last minute. Nothing would be more perfect for my needs (and thousands of others) than a 40mpg AWD compact SUV. PLEASE bring it, Mazda!!

  • Colum Wood

    Mazda has said the diesel is coming, but not for sure in the CX-5. It’s highly likely though. For more on the SkyActiv-D diesel engine, see our prototype drive here

  • Ken

    I’m in the same boat with most of the others. I’ve beenpatiently waiting for a diesel wagon/smallSUV other than VW. I to would buy a Mazda if I could get thier new diesel.

  • samspade

    I don’t want an SUV I want a smaller Mazda but with a diesel. For some reason manufacturers just don’t get it. I would have bought a Fiesta if it had a diesel but Noooooo!

  • Geoff Richon

    I have a 1990 Miata that I love. I will buy CX5 diesel AWD as soon as they are available and no I am not trading my Miata.

  • Martin Rrkhoper

    Bring the CX5 Diesel to the US…Mr. Mazda USA!!! Been waiting to replace my mid 90s Nissan Maxima SE daily driver with an economical Crossover but much prefer a Diesel over a Hybrid. Need power/performance and economy. There have been scattered reports about Honda and Subaru bringing such vehicles over but so far nothing. Can’t understand (other than emission restrictions) why no one other than VW can bring over an affordable and reliable Diesel to the US shores. Why is it that only the European and Asian markets get them? C’mon get serious! Do you really want to shove Hybrids down our thigh-wad economy minded throats?

  • Dave

    the first japanese, reliable diesel to market will win the game

  • Kenc10m

    Looking to get rid of my big truck and want the torque and power of the diesel.  We have a Jetta diesel and love it.  If the Toureg is available in diesel that will be a choice….but I like the Mazda 5 on looks and price! Bring on the DIESEL please.

  • Leon

    If they arrive, I will be first in line at Mazda dealer to
    get them. I will replace my 2009 Accord with Mazda 6 Turbo Diesel and my 1010
    Forester with Mazda CX-7 Turbo Diesel immediately. Just getting tired of 25 MPG
    out of them. Come on! Get them here. Be on time; my wallet is bulging. Please do
    not make it “burst” on Volkswagen Diesel.

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