Mazda 6 Diesel Delayed Again

The arrival of a diesel engine in the 2014 Mazda 6 has been delayed once again, meaning that we will not see the oil-burning sedan this spring as was previously announced. The cause of the delay is unclear, as Mazda said in a statement that the engine already meets emissions requirements, but needs further development to better provide “the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.”

The original announcement of a 2014 Mazda 6 diesel came at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show, when Mazda confirmed that the 6 midsize sedan would be receiving Mazda’s 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbodiesel four-cylinder that is already offered in Europe. Then, in September 2013, Mazda pushed back the original arrival date from late 2013 until spring 2014 to accommodate final emissions testing.

The SkyActiv-D engine produces 173 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque in European trim and is said to offer 30 percent better fuel economy than the Mazda 6’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine. With the 184-hp gas engine, the 2014 Mazda 6 is rated for as much as 28/40 mpg (city/highway) with the optional i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

Since the emissions testing and certification is reportedly finished, we’re not sure exactly what kind of development is going on with the Skyactiv-D engine now to warrant a second delay. Mazda is not providing a new arrival date for the 6 diesel at this point, but says that more information about the North American timeline for this program is to come.
... at 50mpg hgwy diesel 6 that would cost extra 2-3k usd makes no sense, it is slower 0-60 than sky G, and fuel economy wise makes no sence since 2.5l skyG engine gets 40mpg from regular gas that costs 20% less than diesel ....   If Mazda had  detuned version of 2.2 D with say 150hp that could get 58mpg highway and sell at base trim mazda 6 at 22k usd - that would be a hit ... do the same in Mazda 3 for 22 K and it would sell like hot cakes - not because of it's power/accel performance but it's Fuel Economy ....   Mazda needs powerful 2.0T skyG version of Mazda 6 with say 260hp and 0-60 at 5.6sec with 35mpg highway , and than mazda speed 2.0T 320HP 5 sec 0-60 AWD 32mph highway  for around 33K usd 
Mazda's used to offer sporty options in their line up.  Now they are all sluggish and underpowered. It;s like taking out the homecoming queen to prom and finding out yes she is gorgeous but shes a narcoleptic with little personality.
@RyGuyReviews why would you want a diesel car?
@ikevvy Plus, have you seen this car in person?! It's gorgeous. I'm a big Mazda fan and this is a major upgrade from my '06 RX8.
@ikevvy Lots of reasons, including outrageous gas mileage (50+) and the opportunity to use biodiesels which are better for the environment.
@RyGuyReviews but diesel is super costly. Go electric!
@RyGuyReviews so says urban dictionary
@ikevvy Biodiesel is green and friendly. So I guess I am green and friendly!
@RyGuyReviews diesel is dirty cheap gas. So you are dirty and cheap lol
@ikevvy Diesel around here is about 20% higher than regular & about the same as premium. But the MPG figures are 30-40% better on the diesel

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