Although the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel sedan was supposed to go on sale by the end of this yr, a Mazda representative told us these days that the car’s for sale date would be postponed until spring 2014 due to delays in emissions screening and final certification. Once the car does arrive, though, it will be the only real Japanese diesel passenger car sold in the U.S.
Mazda originally announced the 2014 Mazda6 would be getting a diesel engine in the U.S. at the 2012 La auto display. The diesel engine is really a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that’s part of Mazda’s Skyactiv family of engines. Currently offered in European countries, the diesel creates 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and should offer at least 30 % better fuel economy compared to the Mazda 6’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine. The 2014 Mazda 6 has already been rated at around 40 mpg on the road by the EPA , therefore we expect lofty rankings from the upcoming diesel.
According to a written report from Automotive News, senior vice president for Mazda North America Robert Davis delivered a letter to Mazda workers explaining that last certification tests is taking longer than anticipated for the diesel powerplant. However, the AN report furthermore says that around 4000 additional devices of the gasoline-run Mazda6 will be distributed to U.S. Mazda dealers early following year to accommodate high demand. Sales for the 2014 Mazda6 have significantly more than doubled in comparison to last year.
We should receive more information concerning the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D like pricing and mileage ratings nearer to its on sale date next year.
Yeah more opinion from Chris Ilson
First off got to say the looks of the 2014 Mazda 6 is rather good. It’s about time Mazda join Hyundai, Nissan, Kia and a few other import brands that have fully refreshed their exterior looks. The interior actually looks rather nice as well. However I am not a fan of those three ‘pod’ looking things for the gauges but bleh, it looks pretty nice. I also love the gated shifter and the control wheel just below. As a shock, it’s still nice to see vehicles in 2014 coming equipped with an actual hand parking brake. Most newer vehicles are doing away with that in favor of the foot parking brake. One downside that must be mentioned, at least in my semi-evil opinion is the three spoke steering wheel. I have to say I’m a die hard fan of the four spoke steering wheel. Overall the 2014 Mazda 6 will be a rather nice rental car. I’ll have to work on renting one to get a better sense of the performance and other such boring items to offer a more refined review and/or rant. Additionally it must be mentioned that this is the diesel version.
The sedan with the top-of-the-variety 189-hp, 2.5-liter direct-injection Skyactiv-G motor mated to the six-speed automatic gearbox is, for now, the only real model headed stateside, though Mazda USA officials won’t rule out considering additional variants. Basic market dynamics suggest they have to: The rest of the key players in the segment offer a number of engine and transmitting variants. This engine option will amount to lackluster performance in passing and overall enjoyment of the vehicle however you can smile when it comes time to calculate fuel economy.