By on November 14, 2016

2016 Mazda CX-5, Image: Mazda

Mazda is remaining tight-lipped, but a new report claims the automaker will debut a diesel-powered CX-5 crossover in the U.S. next year, followed by a oil-burning Mazda 6.

If true, it means Mazda’s years-long effort to bring its overseas powerplants to North America were not in vain.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, sources close to the matter claim Mazda will introduce the vehicles next year, with the CX-5 bowing first. An updated gasoline-powered CX-5 appears first, next spring, with the diesel variant likely to appear in the summer.

After several pushbacks in the launch date, Mazda has previously confirmed to TTAC that its diesels are still U.S.-bound. The automaker feels there’s still a market for the fuel, despite gaining an unfriendly reputation in the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.

Jacob Brown, product communications specialist at Mazda, said the automaker “can’t confirm any speculation one way or the other.”

The report claims we’ll learn more from Mazda at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s where the automaker will unveil its redesigned 2017 CX-5 (see a teaser here).

The diesel powerplant would be a version of the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter two-stage turbodiesel already available in Japan and Europe in two power outputs. The automaker’s next-generation Skyactiv gas and diesel engines are already in development. Past attempts to bring the diesel to the U.S. fell flat when the engines failed to make appropriate power after conforming to emissions standards.

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31 Comments on “Mazda CX-5 Diesel to Appear in U.S. Next Year: Report...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Um well I was totally gonna buy a diesel manual CX-5 and I love it, but the only wheel design available has 10 spokes and I want 11 or more. So now I’m NOT BUYING IT.

    -All of internet car fools after product release

  • avatar
    Old Man Pants

    Those poor blokes at Mahzder just can’t catch a break.
    A diesel? For bloody Yanks?

    How did those silly buggers ever take Singapore?

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Well they may beat Elio, Tesla 3, and Mitsu PHEV to market…or not…

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Next year? I’ll hold my breath.

    The business case for buying a diesel has really worsened in the past few years, so price and MPGeez will be important. Personally, I can’t see much interest for diesel in the CX-5 demographic.

    In other news, Henrik Fisker has some new battery technology that may or may not be used in a TBD EV someday-ish.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I’ll believe it when they roll off the transporter at University Mazda in Albuquerque. Given that the same dealer has a VW franchise they’ll be ecstatic to have a diesel to sell to the diehard TDI fans.

  • avatar
    orenwolf

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    For literally years I held off buying a Mazda 6 because I was waiting for the -D variant to come over here. It didn’t. And it didn’t for the right reasons – Mazda indicated they couldn’t meet emissions standards with the engines without sacrificing performance or reliability. Too bad a certain other manufacturer didn’t do the same. ;)

    Either way, unless there’s been a significant re-engineering in the interim, I’d expect the -D variants of 2017 to still sacrifice *something* to be oil burners. It will be interesting the see what the trade-off is, but I doubt they will be compelling to me personally, because of them. Sadly!

  • avatar
    igve2shtz

    Props for Mazda for taking chances, but I’m still waiting for the CX-9’s turbo 2.5 SkyActiv to make its way into the CX-5 or Mazda6.

  • avatar
    DanyloS

    They only need to offer it in brown with a manual, and an optional lowering kit. That way => Brown Manual Diesel Wagon, the internet will explode and nobody will buy it anyway.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    How about a rotary diesel: 9000 rpm redline, 50 mpg?

    Now that would be an emissions, reliability, and performance trifecta.

    • 0 avatar
      orenwolf

      Haha! I shudder at the thought of what a rotary diesel would look like – given the compression ratios required. :)

      In all seriousness, though, one of the things I loved about the Rotary design was the idea that you could pretty much run it off of hydrogen (not as in a fuel cell, but fed liquid hydrogen) if needed. I wonder what sort of output you could get from direct hydrogen as a fuel. I’m going to guess quite a bit.

      • 0 avatar
        wumpus

        I think there was a plan for a two-stage rotary diesel engine [googles]. Ah, yes. Rolls Royce was trying to build one around 1970 (at least the article was 1970. It said they had been working 6 years, and had a ways to go. Apparently too far to go).

        That’s not to say that using two stages wouldn’t fix the compression issue, it would probably over-compensate for it (roughly multiplying the two compressions, so obviously at least one would be pretty low). I imagine that such made the actual rotor pressure so high it simply killed the seals.

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        BMW was working on hydrogen combustion engines until the EPA refused to grant them zero emission vehicle certification due to microscopic amounts of pollutants (besides the water, obviously).

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    Mazda is not selling the Skyactive here, but I have a feeling that part of it’s DNA will go into the new Mazda/ Isuzu Diesel Pickup,after Mazda divorces Ford. Ford and Mazda have gone their separate ways after the joint Ranger development

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    Many hope that the exhaust note and muscular rumble of Mazada’s diesel will be more than enough to offset the NVH of the gasoline engine – powered vehicles. “Zoom – Zoom” will become “Brrrrap – Brrrap”. A sales increase of 2 to 3 units a month is expected.

  • avatar
    cornellier

    What odds most people who say Diesel won’t sell in America haven’t driven one? It’s not just about fuel savings. It’s not about top speed. It’s about torque and driving distance between fill ups.

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