A Mazda6 Diesel Model is on the Way
While the words “clean” and “eco-friendly” may not commonly be associated with diesel powered engines, Mazda is trying to change that. Last year, the manufacturer announced their plans to bring a diesel engine to the recently redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan.
Diesel fuel has long been known to be more efficient than gasoline, but its emissions are typically more heavy. Just the name “diesel” can conjure images of brown clouds of exhaust and loud trucks. Both the reality and image surrounding diesel fuel has created a problem for manufacturers, requiring heavy after-burn equipment to clean up emissions and meet regulations. And with extra weight comes decreased vehicle efficiency, making the whole effort seem pointless.
Mazda has already pushed the envelope with fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid vehicle with the Mazda6 and Mazda3, so developing a diesel vehicle that could operate without extra equipment was a worthy goal. By completely redesigning the engine, Mazda was not only able to cut weight from the engine block, but increase efficiency and power while decreasing the number of hazardous compounds created.
Coming Soon to the Market
Mazda has twice delayed the release of the 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine, named Skyactiv-D ,on Mazda 6 models. Recently, the manufacturer claimed that it wasn’t up to their performance snuff quite yet. The Mazda6 is still coming, but there’s no set date just yet.
Already a Hit on the Track
While Mazda says a diesel engine isn’t quite ready for consumer production yet, a Skyactiv-D Mazda6 has had considerable success on the race circuit. This includes first-place finishes this summer in the GX class at both the Rolex Grand-am in Atlanta and the Grand-am Brickyard Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
Test Drive the Mazda6 at Cox Mazda in Bradenton
While we wait for the diesel model, if you would like to take the current Mazda6 out for a test drive, we invite you to stop by Cox Mazda in Bradenton. The Mazda6 features a 2.5L four-cylinder capable of 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque and up to 40 mpg highway.