After years of delays, Mazda could finally be close to launching a diesel model in the States.
A new report claims Mazda will launch a diesel-powered CX-5 crossover in the U.S. next year. It could also be followed by a oil-burning Mazda 6. We should learn more this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. But if the report pans out, it means Mazda’s years-long effort to bring its overseas powertrains to North America wasn’t in vain.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda will introduce the new vehicles next year, with the CX-5 bowing first. An updated gasoline-powered CX-5 appears first, next spring. The diesel is expected to show up next summer.
Earlier this summer, Mazda indicated diesels, while delayed, were still on the table. The main holdup was that Mazda was trying to achieve the high combustion efficiency needed to meet strict U.S. guidelines. Mazda’s other attempts to bring diesels stateside didn’t pan out because the engine didn’t conform to U.S. standards.
The diesel powerplant would be a version of the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter two-stage turbodiesel already available in Japan and Europe in two power outputs. The automaker’s next-generation Skyactiv gas and diesel engines are already in development.
Mazda’s Skyactive-D engines were a part of Mazda’s Skyactiv platform overhaul that started to take shape in 2011. The engines are a big hit in other markets, including Japan.