Diesel-Powered Mazda6 Skyactiv D Confirmed

By Dan Collins on 29 November 2012
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LOS ANGELES – At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Mazda confirmed it will be entering the U.S. diesel-powered passenger car marketplace in late 2013, with the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D.

Completely redesigned for 2014, the midsize sedan will be offered with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, a version of which is currently available in Mazdas in Europe and Asia.

Power and fuel economy figures for the U.S.-bound model have not yet been determined, nor have fuel economy estimates, but the 2.2-liter engine in other markets is rated at 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, with fuel economy of 44 mpg.  According to Mazda, the version slated to be sold here is will be 10% lighter than its foreign counterparts, and will have a higher output with lower emissions too.

The Mazda will be the first Asian diesel to be sold in the U.S., and also the first diesel used in a passenger car that does not require a urea-treatment system to comply with upcoming stricter nitrous-oxide emission standard. Mazda credits the unprecedentedly low 14:1 compression ratio with the low emissions.

(Photo: Sam Miller-Christiansen)