2012 Mazda CX-5 Hits U.S In Early 2012, Will Get Diesel Option In 2014

Harry Lay
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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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  • TriDave TriDave on Apr 25, 2012

    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 Matgaines on May 12, 2012

    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 Colum Wood on May 12, 2012

      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.