Mazda has long been rumored to be planning to offer diesel-powered vehicles in North America and an official announcement is expected at the New York Auto Show in April.
With relatively low fuel economy across its fleet, Mazda no longer has access to Ford’s more advanced hybrid powertrains. The company is working with Toyota to bring a hybrid model to market, but needs a stop-gap to help bolster its CAFE rating.
Diesels will do the trick, especially with Mazda’s new Sky-D diesel powertrain that is expected to deliver as much as 43-mpg.
What isn’t yet clear is what vehicles Mazda will offer the diesel engine in, and while the CX-9 and Mazda3 are candidates, the CX-7 is the most likely at this point.