Mazda will sell a diesel version of the Mazda6 in the United States
Soon the diesel version of the Mazda CX-5 will burst into US dealerships. For some time the Japanese manufacturer has announced the future incorporation of a mechanic fueled by diesel to the range of its popular SUV. It seems that Mazda is going against the grain regarding its commitment to diesel. And even more so in a market like the United States. Although the truth is that behind this movement is a bet on this fuel that will soon be endorsed with another launch.
After the arrival of the Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv-D, something that must occur in the short term since the model has been announced for some time, the brand will focus its efforts on the diesel version of its sports saloon. As these spy photos that our photographers have shown on the other side «of the big puddle» demonstrate, Mazda also works to bring the Mazda6 SkyActiv-D to the United States.
The Mazda6 SkyActiv-D was hunted in a very relevant place. The facilities of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States). Mazda is waiting to be able to homologate the diesel version of the Mazda6, a process that is also following the aforementioned CX-5. Once you get all the permits you can start the procedures for commercialization.
And what engine will be under the hood of the Mazda6 SkyActiv? -D? It is expected to be the same engine that will use the CX-5 Diesel, a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D with four cylinders in line that, in its most powerful configuration, yields a power of 175 hp and 420 Nm of maximum torque. These figures correspond to the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 that are marketed in Europe, although it is expected that the specific versions for the US market are the same or similar.
The information also indicates that Mazda will only offer these mechanics in combination with a six-speed automatic gearbox and a front-wheel drive system (total in the case of the CX-5).
It was in 2014 when Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Mazda, made it clear that his commitment to diesel remained intact: “We are still committed to diesel.” Although it is also true that those statements came after the Mazda6 SkyActiv-D had problems to be approved by the EPA. And then the whole Volkswagen scandal with diesel engines arose.