Mazda’s first diesel in North America will arrive under the hood of the loaded CX-5 Signature

What is it?

Mazda’s long-awaited diesel finally arrives in Canada.

Why does it matter?

Mazda states its 2.2-litre turbodiesel will first appear in the Signature version of its compact CX-5 crossover. Said Skyactiv-D is said to pump out 168 horsepower and an even more stout 290 lb.-ft. of torque, while sipping fuel at a pretty-darned-low-for-an-SUV 8.5 L/100 kilometres overall.

Mazda devoted an entire paragraph of its press release to meeting North American emissions regulations, noting that it adopts “special combustion control software and exhaust treatment to meet the strictest emissions regulations” and that the company “worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies in the U.S., such as the EPA and CARB, to ensure the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine passes all appropriate regulations.”

When is it coming?

Possibly later this summer, if summer ever arrives. Officially, all Mazda says is the second half of 2019.

Should you buy it?

I drove an early version of the Skyactiv-D 2.2 some years ago and it was an impressive piece of kit, free revving for a diesel and plenty torque, to boot. One presumes it has only gotten better in the ensuing three or four years.  I suspect that if the Skyactiv-D proves popular in this little crossover, we’ll see it in other “Signature” Mazdas as well.

Author: David Booth –