Mazda Diesel to Arrive in Early 2013

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Those eagerly awaiting the launch of a diesel Mazda finally have some solid news about the oil-burner’s arrival in the U.S. According to the latest reports, Mazda is planning to have its diesel model on sale in early 2013 – just around 12 months away.

The arrival date of the new Skyactiv-D powered Japanese car was confirmed by spokesman Jeremy Barnes.

What has yet to be revealed is exactly what model will receive the diesel powerplant, although speculation is that the new CX-5 crossover will get the nod, while cars like the Mazda 3 and 6 could follow.

The 2.2-liter four-cylinder is capable of around 160 hp with over 300 lb-ft of torque, handily besting VW’s TDI mill. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the Skyactiv-D engine, however, is that while it delivers excellent torque at low rpm it doesn’t fall on its face as the revs rise. In fact, it redlines at 5200 rpm, as opposed to 4500 rpm in most diesel engines, delivering more of that Mazda zoom-zoom quality.

GALLERY: 2012 Mazda CX-5

For more on the Mazda Skyactiv-D diesel engine see here, or watch our video on the new technology below.

[Source: Car&Driver]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Arbuterol Arbuterol on Apr 04, 2014

    Mazda is in the hands of politicians now. Another postpone for Skyactiv Diesel vehicle for US market is a pure work of a cohort of DC politicians and lobbyists. Read my lips; there will not be a Mazda Diesel vehicle on US market. Simply, the technology is too good to be in competition with VW and others. Skyactiv diesel is far superior to VW and others to be allowed on US market. Just forget it. Javier was 100% right on this. Read below.

    • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Apr 04, 2014

      You are SOOOO wrong. Mark my words, Mazda diesels will come... in 2014.

  • Arbuterol Arbuterol on Apr 30, 2014

    Yea! Read my text. At this moment even Mazda dealers know nothing about Mazda Diesel Technology. And when ask for a test drive, youll see their eyes like what do you want? So, when Mazda dealerships playing dumb, it is a sign of it will not happen because at Mazda US Corporate level this idea died long time ago (April 10, 2013 to be precise). It is plain and simple.