Can It Be? Mazda's Long-awaited CX-5 Diesel Gets California Green Light

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
can it be mazda s long awaited cx 5 diesel gets california green light

We’ve been talking about the Mazda CX-5 diesel for a long time, and with good reason. It’s been a long time coming. Originally promised for a U.S. introduction in the second half of 2017, a quick scan of of Mazda’s consumer website reveals no mention of a popular compact crossover with a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D four-cylinder under the hood.

This could soon change. The California Air Resources Board has certified the engine for sale in that ecologically sensitive state, making a similar thumbs up from the Environmental Protection Agency a near certainty.

The news, which should provide much-needed hope and reassurance for lovers of Kodo-bodied diesels, comes by way of Green Car Reports. A reader provided a copy of the engine’s April 13th certification document, which gives Mazda the ability to start selling it in the Golden State.

More likely, though, the automaker wants a nationwide launch, in which case it first needs to get the green light from the EPA. That certification process has reportedly not yet begun, and Mazda isn’t able to provide an educated guess on when we’ll finally get our hands on what promises to be a very fuel efficient crossover. As an automaker with no hybrid or electric vehicles, the diesel’s promised “hybrid-like” fuel economy would go a long way towards satisfying environmental regulators.

So far, there’s no EPA fuel economy rating for the CX-5 diesel.

Mazda, as you know, loves the internal combustion engine. The brand’s next step in meeting corporate average fuel economy targets involves the variable compression Skyactiv-X engine, appears next year in the new Mazda 3.

Mazda seemed pretty bullish on the diesel’s U.S. future (at least, they did a year ago), speculating that 10 percent of CX-5 sales could come from the Skyactiv-D model. A tall order, for sure. The CX-5 is by far the brand’s best-selling U.S. model, moving some 16,138 units in March. That tally represents a 90.5 percent year-over-year sales increase, and volume over the first three months of 2018 show a 75.7 percent uptick over the same period last year.

Suffice it to say, the CX-5 is Mazda’s meal ticket. It remains to be seen whether the addition of an oil burner makes the model even more appetizing to buyers.

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  • Rcx141 Rcx141 on Apr 25, 2018

    Why on earth do Americans want diesels? In the UK they were foisted on drivers by a non-driving Chancellor of the Exchequer for political reasons. Although they get slightly better gas mileage they are no use for lots of short runs from cold which tends to clog up the super complicated emissions equipment, which has a nasty habit of failing completely after a few years. They have been a disaster. Now the UK is moving away from them - many cities will ban all but the very latest models - so as a final kick in the teeth to consumers, used values are now plunging.

    • Kenn Kenn on Apr 25, 2018

      "Why on earth do Americans want diesels?" Maybe because such a large percentage of Americans' beliefs are based on ignorance of what's happening around the rest of the planet.

  • FormerFF FormerFF on Apr 25, 2018

    Thank goodness. I'm sure the 43 people who were waiting to buy a diesel powered compact CUV from a niche manufacturer will be so relieved.

  • Kcflyer on one hand it at least wont have dirty intake valves like Honda's entire lineup of direct injection ice vehicles. on the other hand a CRV offers more room, more range, faster fueling and lower price, hmm
  • Tassos BTW I thought this silly thing was always called the "Wienermobile".
  • Tassos I have a first cousin with same first and last name as my own, 17 years my junior even tho he is the son of my father's older brother, who has a summer home in the same country I do, and has bought a local A3 5-door hatch kinds thing, quite old by now.Last year he told me the thing broke down and he had to do major major repairs, replace the whole engine and other stuff, and had to rent a car for two weeks in a touristy location, and amazingly he paid more for the rental ( Euro1,500, or $1,650-$1,700) than for all the repairs, which of course were not done at the dealer (I doubt there was a dealer there anyway)
  • Tassos VW's EV program losses have already been horrific, and with (guess, Caveman!) the Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory growing by leaps and bounds, the future was already quite grim for VW and the VW Group.THis shutdown will not be so temporary.The German Government may have to reach in its deep pockets, no matter how much it hates to spend $, and bail it out."too big to fail"?
  • Billccm I had a 1980 TC3 Horizon and that car was as reliable as the sun. Underappreciated for sure.