A Mazda6 Diesel Might Finally Be Happening

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have caught what appears to be a diesel-powered Mazda 6 at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

While other automakers are withdrawing their diesel offerings in the U.S., Mazda has been promising diesel variants for years. The Japanese automaker has been teasing a CX-5 diesel for quite a while, and now it appears the Mazda6 diesel will finally be added to the lineup.

Wearing the SkyActiv-D badge, this test car was spotted at the EPA in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It appears Mazda is in the process of getting the model certified in the U.S. after all these years.

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In Europe, the 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine offers 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. It’s unclear if those specs will carryover to the U.S. powerplant, but do expect only an automatic transmission to be offered.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Aaron T. Aaron T. on May 24, 2018

    Holy poop! Maybe it will actually happen. Now let's hope diesel prices drop below $3.50 a gallon to make it worthwhile!!