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2018 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - April 19, 2018

Model Preview

The long-awaited Mazda CX-5 Diesel is currently expected to debut in 2018. Based on the latest generation CX-5 introduced for 2017, the diesel will aim to offer impressive fuel economy to do battle with the likes of the Chevy Equinox Diesel.

Unfortunately, few official details have been released. We think it's likely that the vehicle will have a similar overall look and feel as the regular CX-5, although there could be some distinguishing features like unique trim or badges.

For 2018, the gas CX-5 adds cylinder deactivation to its roster of features. In front-wheel drive form, fuel economy comes in at 28 mpg overall based on 25 mpg city and 31 highway. Choosing all-wheel drive sacrifices 2 mpg overall. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is standard, as is a 6-speed automatic.

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To put that in perspective, the 2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel is rated at 32 mpg overall based on 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. It uses a 1.6-liter turbodiesel paired with a 6-speed automatic and is rated at 137 hp with 240 lb-ft of torque. Will the CX-5 beat these numbers? That remains to be seen.

Under the hood, the CX-5 Diesel will be fitted with a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D engine. The engine is designed to meet new, stricter regulations put forward following the VW diesel scandal and to deliver smooth performance. Power and torque specs have not yet been revealed.

In the U.K., the 2.2-liter diesel cranks out 148 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 to 2,600 rpm. We think it's reasonable to expect similar output from the version offered here in U.S. Stay tuned for official numbers from Mazda when they become available.

In terms of safety, the regular CX-5 ranks extremely well, with desirable standard features like low-speed emergency braking and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. Higher trims offer full-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and more.

Pricing & Release Date

The CX-5 Diesel was originally expected to go on sale in late 2017. However, the vehicle has reportedly been undergoing longer-than-expected testing to meet strict emissions standards.

As of April 2018, the CX-5 Diesel has officially been certified by the California Air Resources Board. However, according to Green Car Reports, the vehicle still lacks approval from the EPA.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. The gas version starts at $25,125 including destination for an entry-level CX-5 Sport and ranges up to $31,920 for a Grand Touring with all-wheel drive.

For reference, the 2018 Chevy Equinox LT Diesel is priced from $31,695. We think it's reasonable to expect Mazda to price the CX-5 at a similar level given that it is the vehicle's chief competitor.

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Pictured: 2017 CX-5

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