Mazda’s U.S. SKYACTIV-D Turbo Diesel Arrives to Muted Fanfare

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, May 17, 2019.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] The idiom “A day late and a dollar short” comes to mind. :(

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 1st, 2019

    2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD Signature w/ a SKYACTIV-D


    Starting at $41,300, the 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D can be pre-ordered today with an expected arrival date of July 2019.

    After almost a decade of promises, Mazda has finally given the go ahead for the U.S. debut of the 168 HP and 290 lb-ft of torque 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel to be placed within their best-selling CUV in a high-end lux appointed 2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD trim called Signature. Outside of Diesel B, the new engine can be refueled with a maximum of 5 percent Bio-diesel.

    The 2019 CX-5 Signature will arrive with the brands first 2.2L SKYACTIV-D providing the std. TD experience with an unfortunately underwhelming 27/30/28 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating.

    To make sure Mazda did not run afoul of California Air Resources Board (CARB) regs – the group responsible for exposing VWs Dieselgate - Mazda worked with the agency to ensure that the turbo diesel meets all emission standards and added an SCR system to meet those standards vs the world engine without.


    Every 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature with the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D arrives with a zero-cost maintenance program that covers new owners for the first 2 years or 30,000 miles.

    2019 NYIAS Press Days Mazda Presentation

    Mazda3 and the CX-5s turbo-diesel reveal…​

    2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD Signature Trim Gas vs Diesel by the Numbers


    MSRP: $36,890 vs $41.300
    HP/Torque (lb-ft): 250/310 vs 168/290
    City/Highway/Combined (mpgUS): 22/27/24 vs 27/30/28

    While I am very much looking forward to the new turbo-diesel entry in the brands award winning CX-5 platform, 40 to 45+ mpg should be as easy as simply driving it, the pre-order may reveal Mazda’s hesitation for the new turbo-diesel drivetrain entry all the while every other manufacturer is racing headlong into the electric marketplace. I suspect the very timid rollout may actually provide a reason to cancel the project vehicle due to a lack of interest in this very unique drivetrain equipped mid-sized CUV. Time will tell. If only this were offered 4 years ago. :(
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  2. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    $41,000 to save at the pump? I'll pass on this one.
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  3. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Wow Wayne you think they might cancel it still huh? It's pricey but oh so nice! If it really does get 40mpg in the real world. That would be amazing. It can tow 3500lbs. I would love it if it could 5000lbs to tow a car and trailer. Twn turbo sequential just sounds so nice to own.
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  4. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    3500 pounds is the limit of a class III hitch, IIRC.
    The vehicle's size is a factor. One of the reasons for the four door Wrangler was because the old two door one was limited to 2000 pounds.
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi George:

    I can only hope the SKYACTIV-D follows the TD tradition of delivering far more efficiency than the EPA results indicate from every TD we have ever driven. The Cruze TD in the city - highway it was wonderful!!! - and the Titan XD with the 5.0L Cummins V8 were the only near term disappointments I can think of.

    A 5k tow cap would be a great target but remember this is a pretty small displacement 2.2L w/ even less torque and hp than the 2.5L turbo gas engine. Interestingly enough, the 2.5L SKYACTIV-G is rated at just 227 hp on 87 octane fuel and 250 on 93 Octane fuel. It is also rated to tow just 2k pounds from the non-turbo Sport to the turbo Signature vs the 3.5k tow cap of the twin turbo diesel.

    Trollbait, good sleuthing.

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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sorry , Mazda. You're a day late and a dollar short. Oh , and thanks for deleting your manual transmissions.
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  7. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Wayne you plan on testing this when it is available?
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi George:

    This vehicle will not be in my roundhouse given the paltry EPA figures anytime soon. :(

    The SKYACTIV-D in the CX-5 has arrived and here are the final EPA results - the same as reported previously.

    2019 Mazda CX-5 with the 2.2L Turbo Diesel

    FWD - 28/31 mpgUS city/highway
    AWD - 27/30 mpgUS city/highway

    2019 Mazda CX-5 with the 2.5L Gasoline

    FWD - 25/31 mpgUS city/highway
    AWD - 24/30 mpgUS city/highway

    The $4,100 upcharge for this small of an economy gain - same 31 mpg highway and just 3 more mpg city - will doom the Mazda Turbo Diesel before it even gets the chance to shine.

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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2021 Mazda6 Signature trim with a SKYACTIV-D Is Coming

    The 2.2L I4 turbo diesel engine is heading to the Mazda6 Signature trim SKYACTI-D transforms the flagship sedan into a true long-distance Grand Tourer. Smooth torque delivery and effortless acceleration deliver on the brands unique Jinba Ittai driving dynamic–capturing the feeling of oneness between car and driver.

    2021 Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D


    The high-end Signature interior includes upscale materials such as Nappa leather and rich Sen Wood that envelops drivers and passengers in comfort. The Ultrasuede trim features a subtle sheen derived from a similar technique used to make traditional Japanese kimonos. These premium touches combine to deliver a truly elevated driving experience.

    If there is one hope for the SKYACTIV-D, it is that this time, it tops the Midsize segments standard efficiency ratings. If it has a better EPA than 31/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined rating, it has a good shot of becoming a mainstream midsize sedan worthy of discussion, test drives, and even purchase among the following list of brutal competitors. If it arrives with the same or less efficiency than any of of them, the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D will be forgotten before the next News cycle. :(


    Please Mazda, provide a chart-topping efficiency rating for an engine you have spent hundreds of millions of development $s on over the past decade. There is nothing like driving a modern turbo diesel and you have the mic. Drop it with authority. Please.

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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    When they do make efficient and inexpensive cars...………. they let Toyota sell 'em.
    I'm halfway seriously considering a Yaris sedan with 1.5 6MT. Unfortunately , the
    hatch is auto only.
    Basic transportation , done right.
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