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