Diesel

Mazda6 Diesel Delayed Because of Poor Performance

A Mazda6 diesel is still coming to the US, but the automaker wants it to be perfect.

The new Mazda6 is without question one of the best-looking mid-size sedans on the market right now. It has all of the familiar Mazda "Zoom-Zoom" characteristics as well- thanks to its new 2.5-liter SkyActiv four pot. However, there’s been continuous talk of a diesel option. In fact, a 2.2-liter turbo SkyActiv diesel was originally set to arrive in North America months ago, but the decision was made to delay its launch. Why? Because it wasn’t yet good enough to satisfy customer expectations.

In a recent interview with Ward’s Auto, Mazda North America CEO Jim O’Sullivan stated he delayed the diesel launch because it wasn’t ready in both emissions and performance. "I didn’t want to damage the clean-diesel reputation for the North American market," O’Sullivan stated. "I don’t want to have (buyers) come back to me and say, ‘I bought one of these things, but it’s not the Mazda zoom-zoom (character) – it doesn’t have the performance aspect I really want." Rumored to have 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, the US-spec diesel will still happen, but there’s no exact arrival date just yet. But based on O’Sullivan’s comments, we’re confident Mazda will get this oil-burner right.

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