Mazda Shows Off Diesel, CNG and Hybrids in Tokyo

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Mazda has just unveiled a host of new concepts and up-coming models at the The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 that includes diesel, natural gas and hybrid technology.

It is unclear how many of these vehicles will make it to our shores other than the diesel Mazda6, but here is hoping most do!

Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept

Basically a dual fuel vehicle, the CNG Concept is outfitted with both a 13.5 gallon gasoline tank and a 19.8 gallon compressed natural gas canister. Powered by the a slightly modified 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine found in the current Mazda3, the CNG can be switched between conventional gasoline and natural gas depending on the driving situation. Mazda claims the goal of this car is to be more efficient, but still retain the fun to drive characteristics of the 2014 Mazda3. You know, just with a lot more weight in the back.


In Japan, the Mazda Axela (known to us as the Mazda3) will be offered in gasoline, diesel or hybrid variants. More on the diesel later, let’s take a peak at the SKYACTIV-HYBRID. Using the 2.0 liter gasoline engine, changes have been made to allow the engine to achieve a high 14.0:1 compression ratio. The gasoline engine and an electric motor send power through an electronic e-CVT transaxle to the front wheels. Using an old school nickel-metal hydride set-up, the electric motor makes 60 kW (84 hp) and 207 N-m (153 lb-ft) of torque. Combined with the gasoline engine’s 73 kW (98 hp) and 142 N-m (105 lb-ft) of torque, total system output is pegged at 100 kW (134 hp); right on par with the Prius.

Despite having a hybrid drivetrain, the SKYACTIV-HYBRID is expected to weigh only 3,064 lbs. Fuel efficiency estimates based on the JC08 mode have this hybrid pegged at 72.4 mpg, but as a disclaimer, the regular 2.0 liter engine with the six-speed automatic is rated at 44.7 mpg. Still, this hybrid should prove to make an already efficient compact car even more so.

SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine

We all know the 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel is coming here to America in the Mazda6, but in Japan it will also be available in the Mazda CX-5 as well as the Mazda3. Making 129 kW (173 hp) and a ridiculous 420 N-m (310 lb-ft) of torque, the thoughts of a manual, diesel powered Mazda3 hatchback with over 300 lb-ft. of torque makes us want to renounce our citizenships and move to Japan.

ATTENTION MAZDA NORTH AMERICA – Please, please bring over the Mazda3 2.2 SKYACTIV-D. Heck, through on some fat tires, a subtle body kit and call it the next Mazdaspeed3 while you are at it.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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