The wait is finally over today as Mazda finally confirmed that that it will offer the SkyActiv-D diesel powerplant in the North American market optionally in the 2014 Mazda6.
Neither the car nor the engine are news by themselves — Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design language has been floating around the streets on the CX-5 crossover and the Mazda6 is nothing new. Neither is the SkyActiv-D engine, for that matter. AutoGuide had the chance to test drive a car equipped with the oil-burning powerplant during a review of the prototype. What is new, on the other hand, is official confirmation that the two will be wed for North American sale.
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Mazda uses a relatively low compression ratio to give its diesel engine a higher redline than most motors using the fuel would be capable of. Despite that, it still offers plenty of torque. While Mazda hasn’t officially released power figures for the engine seen today, the version as tested more than a year ago packed 165 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. While that’s really not a lot of torque for a modern diesel, the real magic is in how high the motor spins — 5,200 rpm to be exact.
Still mum on more details, the brand says it will reveal more specifications including options packages and, of course, power ratings closer to the car’s on-sale date. That information won’t be far considering the gas-powered version of the car is slated for dealers in early 2013 with the diesel version to follow in mid 2013.