2014 Mazda3 Diesel Under Consideration for America

2014 Mazda3 Diesel Under Consideration for America

Mazda unveiled its 2014 Mazda3 yesterday with a full redesign, but there could be more in the compact car’s future.

The new Mazda3 will go on sale in America starting in September and will be offered initially with two engine choices: a 2.0-liter four cylinder with 155 hp or a 2.5-liter four pot with 184 hp.

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But depending on demand for the Mazda6 diesel which goes on sale later this year, Mazda will consider adding a 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine as an option to the Mazda3 lineup. The news comes from Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, who also confirmed that the Japanese automaker does not plan on bringing the Mazda3 hybrid to America.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    i think everyone just perked up their ears and is listening. 2.2 D in the Mazda3 will be a colossal triumph!

  • wr23076


    I will be first in line at the dealership for a 2.2D 5-door. This would be a VERY welcome addition to the 3 line-up! (especially in the absence of a MAZDASPEED model)
    I wish it weren’t dependent on the sales of the diesel 6, though.

    Here in the USA, our love affair with Gasoline, and closed-mindedness about anything that doesn’t run on gas, has to end with the younger generation.
    A youthful, rejuvenated Mazda 3 in diesel could be a HUGE tipping point for diesel here in the States; Much more-so than the new Mazda 6, which, although awesome, will undoubtedly appeal to an older demographic that is less concerned with the fuel economy gains, and gutsy/torqueier launches of the SKYACTIVE-D.

    Mazda, please don’t rob the youth of America of a 2.2D hot hatch 3 if older sedan 6 buyers don’t bite on diesel!

  • Chad Martin

    I’d buy two. That is not an exageration.

  • Otto Row

    The diesel option could be a tipping point for NA Mazda sales. MANY people are talking about this purchasing option. Mazda please make the jump.

  • chrisGmiddle

    I think the Mazda 3 diesel should be the test vehicle not the 6, since it is by far the company’s highest volume seller. If the diesel 3 proves a popular option then they could expand it to other models in their lineup. The Golf TDI is immensely popular. I see no reason why a Mazda 3 Skyactiv-D couldn’t be similarly successful.

    Provided the price was reasonable and they didn’t force you into the top trim level to get it, I would definitely lean towards the diesel engine. The only downside I’ve heard is that the handling at high speeds isn’t quite on par with the gasoline engines because of the added weight, but I doubt most people would ever notice that.

  • Dibble

    Problem with diesel is that they cost quite a bit more upfront than petrol. And with the cost of fuel being relatively cheap in the US (compared to Europe) it’s hard to get a payback.