With the upcoming 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D, Mazda will be the only Japanese automaker to sell a diesel passenger car in the U.S. However, although the car was originally supposed to be released by the end of this year, a Mazda representative told us today that the on sale date for the 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D will be delayed until late spring 2014 to accommodate final emissions testing and certification.
Mazda originally announced the 2014 Mazda 6 would be getting a diesel engine in the U.S. at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. The diesel engine is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that is part of Mazda’s Skyactiv family of engines. Already offered in Europe, the diesel produces 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and should offer at least 30 percent better fuel economy than the Mazda 6’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine. The 2014 Mazda 6 is already rated at up to 40 mpg on the highway by the EPA , so we expect lofty ratings from the upcoming diesel.
According to a report from Automotive News, senior vice president for Mazda North America Robert Davis sent a letter to Mazda employees explaining that final certification testing is taking longer than expected for the diesel powerplant. However, the AN report also says that around 4000 extra units of the gasoline-powered Mazda 6 will be distributed to U.S. Mazda dealers early next year to accommodate high demand. Sales for the 2014 Mazda 6 have more than doubled compared to last year.
We should receive more information about the 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D like pricing and mileage ratings closer to its on sale date next year.
Source: Mazda, Automotive News