American eyes finally feasted on the gorgeous curves of the 2014 Mazda6 during the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, and we also learned that the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine will indeed be available.
Check out our entire Los Angeles Auto Show coverage, here.
We’ve been pretty stoked about the new Mazda and its possible diesel powerplant here for a long time. Japanese automakers like Toyota and Nissan seem content to experiment with hybrid and electric systems to save fuel, but Mazda is going in the other direction.
In fact, they’ll try something that mostly German luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi are doing. The 2.2L engine is ten-percent lighter than current Mazda diesels across the world, and Mazda is promising that it will deliver more performance and efficiency than the 2.5L SKYACTIV-G in the gas-powered Mazda6.
We’ve already discussed at length the design and expected performance of the Mazda6, especially in this breakdown. Seeing the Mazda6 in the flesh only confirmed our excitement about the design, and now it’s time to unveil the engine specs for the SKYACTIV-D engine. It certainly doesn’t look like the traditional American perception of a diesel car, and if all goes as we expect, it could endear a fuel-thirsty U.S. customer base to the alternative fuel.
Next up, let’s bring that wagon stateside, eh?