Mazda CX-5 diesel: engine still MIA in compress crossover application vehicle

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2018 Mazda CX-5

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It’s a poser model, a all-but-legendary car still usually over reach, years after a builder initial announced skeleton to offer diesel engines.

Specifically, it’s a diesel chronicle of a Mazda CX-5 compress crossover application vehicle, initial suggested in 2016 and after announced as a 2018 model.

In Nov 2016, a Mazda executive reliable a CX-5 diesel would arrive in showrooms during a tumble of 2017, following a launch of a redesigned and updated CX-5 that spring.

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The redesigned CX-5 arrived on schedule; a diesel chronicle did not.

The CX-5 diesel, in fact, stays in dilapidation to this day, and Mazda’s U.S. arm isn’t observant anything about because it hasn’t arrived, or when it might.

Numerous e-mails between Green Car Reports and Jacob Brown, of Mazda’s U.S. communications team, led usually to a single-sentence statement.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

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“We can’t criticism on specific timing utterly yet,” Brown wrote in early January, “but we continue to work with a EPA and CARB and will make an proclamation as shortly as possible.”

On Tuesday, Green Car Reports followed adult with Brown, seeking several questions about what a hold-up entailed, and when a CX-5 diesel competence make a behind appearance.

“Hopefully, all of these questions—and more—will be responsible shortly enough,” Brown responded.

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“Unfortunately, we can’t answer them right now.”

For a moment, we know usually that a 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel engine choice is dictated to offer “hybrid levels of fuel economy” when it launches. For 2018, a gasoline Mazda CX-5 is rated during 28 mpg total with front-wheel drive, or 26 mpg total when all-wheel expostulate is added.

Mazda has expelled few sum about a U.S. chronicle of a CX-5 diesel, observant simply that a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine would “provide a torque-rich pushing experience” and rev “freely to high RPMs.”

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

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That 2.2-liter diesel engine has been solitary in other markets for several years, and Mazda reliable 18 months ago it would be propitious with an exhaust-emission aftertreatment complement that used resourceful catalytic reduction, or urea injection.

As distant behind as 2010, Mazda had hoped to be a solitary builder to plead a diesel engine for U.S. sale but regulating that technology. But a diesel chronicle of a Mazda 6 mid-size sedan, dictated to launch as early as 2010, never indeed arrived; Mazda blamed deficient performance.

Following a Volkswagen diesel glimmer scandal, Mazda deserted skeleton to do but SCR. It pronounced it would offer a discretionary engine finish with a filler for Diesel Emission Fluid subsequent to a one for diesel fuel.

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When that will occur stays anyone’s guess; for a moment, Mazda isn’t saying.

Since Sep 2015, a EPA and a California Air Resources Board have both strong their contrast and hearing of all diesel engines propitious to newcomer vehicles solitary by BMW, Chevrolet, GMC, Jeep, and Ram.

Audi and Volkswagen will no longer sell diesel vehicles in a U.S., and Mercedes-Benz also appears to have walked divided from that option, citing low gasoline prices, a high cost of certifying diesels for U.S. sales during low volumes, and a miss of customer seductiveness in fuel economy.

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