Mazda6 Diesel Delayed for US Market

By | January 09, 2014
As automakers start ramping up production of new diesel models, Mazda announced it will delay the launch of its first diesel model in the U.S. The Mazda6 diesel was originally scheduled to arrive this spring. In a statement, Mazda revealed that while the new Skyactiv-D engine meets emission requirements, the automaker wants to tie up a few odds and ends before putting it on the market. "It was decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance," Mazda said. The automaker did not give a new estimated launch date for the Mazda6 diesel. The Mazda6 diesel will launch with a 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel engine. Not only will it been Mazda's first diesel car, but it will also be the first diesel car offered by an Asian automaker. This is assuming the release date hasn't been pushed way far into the future.
Mazda's new diesel 6 is estimated to achieve significantly better fuel economy than the gasoline-powered version. The car's main competitor is the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which is capable of 43 mpg on the highway. While in the past diesel has been often limited to European sedans, the trend is now spreading to other segments. The Chevrolet Cruze and Jeep Grand Cherokee have also been diesel-fied recently. Source: Mazda
Jonathan Morales
Jonathan Morales

I'm hoping it's not delayed by much! The 2.5L Mazda 6 does get 26/38mpg so I assume Mazda wanted to see how well the 2.5L Mazda 6 would sell before they introduce the diesel version? Hopefully, it doesn't hurt them in competing with other manufacturers who are already releasing diesel engine-based cars/sedans into the United States market. We wrote a blog about the 2014 Mazda 6 and what it has to offer: