New 2014 Mazda 6 to Get SkyActiv-D Clean Diesel Engine?

2014 Mazda 6 Photo

UPDATED MAY 18, 2012: According to Automotive News, Mazda will introduce a new high-compression SkyActiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, an engine that will be available in both the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and the redesigned 2014 Mazda 6.

UPDATED JULY 10, 2012: Mazda has released a short video teaser of the redesigned 2014 Mazda 6. See the clip below.

UPDATED JULY 24, 2012: Official 2014 Mazda 6 photos leaked onto the Internet, seen here.

In less than a year, a redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 arrives in showrooms, modeled after the Mazda Takeri Concept car in these pictures. In addition to appealing design, the new 2014 Mazda 6 is expected to become the second model in Mazda’s lineup featuring a full suite of SkyActiv fuel-efficiency technologies including high-mpg engines equipped with i-Stop automatic stop-start, a new six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and i-Eloop regenerative braking.

NEW 2014 MAZDA 6 EXPECTED TO RESEMBLE TAKERI CONCEPT

In an interview with Automotive News, Robert Davis, senior VP of U.S. operations, said that “dimensionally, proportionally, and stance-wise” the all-new Mazda 6 will mirror the Mazda Takeri Concept.

The publication also states that the 2014 Mazda 6 is expected to share the Takeri Concept’s trapezoidal grille design and flared front fender characteristics. It is also likely to be smaller and lighter than the current Mazda 6, which is a bit bloated compared to many mid-size sedans.

SKYACTIV ENGINE TECHNOLOGY TO BE INSTALLED IN NEW MAZDA 6

It’s possible that the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that comes standard in the Mazda CX-5, and which is optional for the Mazda 3, will be the standard 2014 Mazda 6 engine. In the CX-5 and Mazda 3, this direct-injected, high-compression engine makes 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. That’s less than the current 2.5-liter Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle engine in the 2012 Mazda 6i, but should prove adequate in a smaller and lighter package.

According to a report in Automotive News, Mazda will introduce a new high-compression, direct-injected SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine during the 2013 calendar year. The report says that this new, larger, and more powerful engine will be optional for the 2014 Mazda CX-5, and “will power the redesigned 2014 Mazda 6.” Certainly, Mazda is targeting minimum output of 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft. of torque with this engine to ensure that the new Mazda 6 is competitive with other midsize four-cylinder sedans.

NEW CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE LIKELY, BUT NOT CONFIRMED

2014 Mazda 6 Photo

2014 Mazda 6

More interesting is the SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter clean turbo-diesel engine found under the Takeri Concept’s long, low and shapely hood. Automotive News says that Mazda executives claim that a turbo-diesel engine will be installed in a U.S.-bound model in 2013, and company spokespeople have taken notice of strong sales for the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Read between the lines, and it’s pretty clear the 2014 Mazda 6 will offer a turbo-diesel engine.

Mazda’s Davis told AN that SkyActiv-D prototypes make 160 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of delicious torque. Compare that to the Passat TDI, which generates 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque in a 3,360-lb. sedan. Furthermore, Mazda’s 2.2-liter turbo-diesel “boasts the world’s lowest compression ratio for a diesel engine,” according to the automaker. That means it burns cleaner and emits fewer nitrides of oxygen (NOx), producing virtually no soot. Unlike many turbo-diesel engines, Mazda’s SkyActiv-D does not require a fluid after-treatment system such as AdBlue to clean up the exhaust.

SPEEDY DADDY SAYS…

2014 Mazda 6 Photo

2014 Mazda 6

Mazda wants the new 2014 Mazda 6 to be the most fuel-efficient model in its class, so the gasoline versions ought to achieve a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg or better, with the turbo-diesel exceeding that. Add this sexy styling and the entertaining driving dynamics that are the heart and soul of any Mazda, and the 2014 Mazda 6 should prove to be far more popular than the one for sale right now.

– Christian Wardlaw

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4 Comments on “New 2014 Mazda 6 to Get SkyActiv-D Clean Diesel Engine?

  1. Admittedly, I’m interested in the 22014 Mazda6 w/Skyactive-D engine but I have some serious concerns about it’s extremely high [14:1] compression ratio. I’ve read several articles about the manner in which Mazda is adding cooling capacity and such but extreme compression can cause a lot of wear and tear on any engine. I’m seriously doubt that this engine will endure over the long term. I guess I’ll just wait and see how they hold up in actual use [by someone else] before I actually purchase one.

    Of course, the 2014 Clean-Diesel version will cost a bit more than their gasoline-powered Skyactive counterpart but it might be worth it…time will tell. Can you offer some idea of approximatley how much more the deisel will cost? How many years do you expect it will it take to offset the additional cost of the Skyactiv-D compared to a Skyactive-Gas engine? I’m proud Mazda is finally attempting to do something new and exciting in automotive engineering an design. I don’t understand why our American manufacturers can’t match it.

    jdh

  2. When will ben available in Philippine market the Skyactiv -D Clean diesel engine?

  3. Are you trying to be obscure when it comes to commiting to an announcement date or are you trying to chicken out again like you did on the CX-5? It might be that you are in league with Volkswagon; because if you do not declare soon I will be forced to buy one

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