Home / Auto News / News article: 2012 Mazda CX-5 Hits U.S In Early 2012, Will Get Diesel Option In 2014 - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Sep 01 2011, 5:00 PM

The Mazda CX-5 will enter the highly competitive compact crossover segment in the U.S when it debuts in early 2012. The CX-5 prototype was equipped with 165-hp  2.0-liter engine producing 150 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and the American version will likely use the same setup.

A diesel variant available in the U.S, equipped with a 2.2-liter, twin-turbo direct injection engine. The diesel will produce over 160-hp and about 310 lb-ft of torque.

The CX-5 will compete against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage. The CX-5 will be 178.7 inches long, making it more than five inches shorter than the CX-7. The 106.3 inch wheelbase also makes it two inches shorter than the CX-7. The diesel will be added to the crossover in 2014 and will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November. Mazda has yet to confirm pricing for the U.S market but Mazda reps say that the base model will sell for around $20,000.

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  • Kanner

    No diesel? No sale! I’ll buy something else, sorry Mazda!

  • SAR305

    Were those the Euro 6′s being driven in the video? Those look sharp! Hopefully that styling will make it to the U.S. in 2013.

  • Colum Wood

    There is one diesel Euro 6 in the video but the rest are all prototypes. They aren’t even 6s, just made to look like them. Underneath it’s an all new platform.

  • M Smith

    I agree with previous statements from Kanner “No diesel? No sale…” and Colum Wood “There is one diesel Euro 6 in the video but the rest are all prototypes…”.
    To kickstart the USA economy Mr. Obama needs to get the government to harmonize and coordinate its Nox emission regulation with those of the European Union with respect to clean diesel.
    Another Euro Mazda 6 diesel video shown elsewhere claims over 47 miles per equivalent gallon. So it not as though Mazda is unaware of the fuel
    efficiency of its diesel-powered vehicles that are available beyond North America.

  • george

    I waited for a diesel!

  • DG

    I too am in total agreement with previous comments on the diesel issue. For the life of me, I can’t see why it has teken so long for every care company (except VW) to get the fact that a lot of Americans want diesels because of their efficiency and power. I love to drive and any vehicle that I purchase must be all around fun to drive, have all wheel drive, have a manual transmission, and have well above average fuel economy. Needless to say this vehicle doesn’t currently exist, but I’m a patient man, so I’ll wait. I will not compromise when I’m spending upwards of $30k!
    That said, this CX-5 with the new Sky-D would be perfect. I’ve owned Mazdas before and I love the way they drive, but that alone isn’t enough. I won’t buy a new ride until one is available with all the features I listed above…and actually looks good doing it. Are you listening Mazda?

  • Fred Farbet

    As Mazda procrastinates VW and Audi are eating their lunch.Latest figures prove this.

  • Don

    Come on Mazda bring us the Diesel now, seriously I have a check with your name on it. This is worse than getting that BMX bike at Christmas time and not being able to use it until the snow is gone come spring.

  • TriDave

    Audi, BMW and VW have already led the way for diesel in the market. They’re doing well despite the press saying diesels won’t sell in this country.  Funny that US manufactures ship their diesel over seas when customers here want them. 

  • Matgaines

    Mazda has suggested the release of a diesel before but I’m not biting this time. I’d be surprised if they actual did it this time in the USA. It’s not about what you say but what you do. Talk is cheap. The last time, it was 2-3 years from release. This time it is also 2 years from now. It gives them plenty of time to back-pedal.

  • Colum Wood

    I bet you’ll be surprised. They have a much better plan in place now and lots of automakers are preparing diesels for the US. In fact, soon we’ll have a diesel Cruze, Cadillac ATS and a few more.