Mazda's delayed diesel models still on their way

The company isn't throwing in the towel.

In 2016, Mazda promised to offer the CX-5 crossover with a turbodiesel engine in the United States, but there is not a single oil-burning example of the model currently registered here. The Japanese firm stressed it's not giving up on diesel technology, and the CX-5 will receive the engine sooner rather than later.

Masahiro Moro, the president of Mazda's North American division, said the CX-5 turbodiesel will arrive in American showrooms during the 2019 calendar year, according to Motor1. The publication believes the engine will likely join the line-up in time for the 2020 model year, meaning Mazda might not release additional details about it until the spring or summer of 2019.

The oil-burner in question is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder unit called SkyActiv-D internally. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave it fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg in a combined cycle when it's paired with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Selecting all-wheel drive lowers those figures to 27, 30, and 28, respectively. To add context, the front-wheel drive CX-5 returns 25, 31, and 28 when ordered with the 2.5-liter gasoline-burning four.

Mazda also pledged to put its turbodiesel engine under the hood of the Mazda6, though the model was delayed and the firm has kept quiet about it for quite some time.

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