2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel finally shows at New York Auto Show

The Japanese automaker announced at Wednesday's New York Auto Show that it's bringing its Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine to US dealers in its 2019 CX-5 crossover SUV , and it's taking presale reservations beginning immediately.

This news is a big deal on several fronts -- Mazda has been making noise about bringing diesel offerings to this market for the better part of a decade, but the technology's rollout has been stymied by a number of factors, including calibration and certification issues, and more recently, Volkswagen's Dieselgate disaster , which has cast a pall over the fuel's public profile.

With the German automaker's scandal seemingly largely in the public's rearview mirror, however, the time could be right for Mazda to revisit diesel models, which some consumers prize for their generous torque characteristics, superior towing ability and traditionally for good fuel economy and long range.

That power deficit is balanced somewhat by the model's comparatively parsimonious efficiency ratings (28 mpg city, 38 highway and 32 combined) and its significantly lower base price: $36,295 including $1,195 for delivery.

According to an official release, "Mazda worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to ensure that the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine meets the required emission standards and passes all appropriate regulations."

Even with Dieselgate fading from public consciousness, it remains unclear how big the market is for the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D. On the plus side, diesel drivers are some of the most loyal and fanatical supporters you'll find in all of autodom, and the standard gas-powered CX-5 is one of the very best compact crossover SUVs in a hugely popular, rapidly growing class.

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