We’re well into the second half of the year and have yet to see a Mazda CX-5 Diesel roll off the production floor. With manufacturers starting their model-year turn-over soon, we have to ask: is it even going to happen?
Back in April, Mazda was non-committal, saying only that because of the state of the world, many things remained tentative. With this being the last month of the 2020 CX-5 production, it’s safe to assume that producing a diesel version is no longer tentative, but is rather a definitive no. This is particularly clear when factoring in that the petrol version was launched in November 2019 already.
There are various theories as to why the 2020 CX-5 diesel quietly faded into the background. First and foremost is the cost of the car. While the CX-5 is by no means cheap, its diesel version is even more costly, and with the state of the global economy, is was perhaps wise of Mazda to sit this one out. Secondly, enthusiasts reckon that, with other luxury diesel SUVs flooding the market, there was possibly not enough market share to warrant an entire line.
Regardless of speculation, we will soon know the fate of the Mazda CX-5 when the 2021 production commences in August.
Will our beloved diesel version make a comeback? We’ll just have to wait and see.