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Two years ago, Mazda introduced an advanced new 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel engine in the European market. Since then, we've asked Mazda officials on several occasions whether they would offer that engine in the U.S. market. The company has never ruled out bringing a diesel here, but it has also never said it would. Instead, Mazda has always said that it's watching the market and if there was demand for a diesel in the U.S., it would look at offering the efficient engines. Perhaps the success of Volkswagen's diesel offerings in the U.S. has convinced Mazda to look more seriously at oil-burners.

Mazda also offers a higher revving, more powerful 2.3-liter diesel which would be better suited to U.S. tastes. Mazda already offers the CX-7 with an SCR after-treatment system that would go a long way to meeting American emissions standards. However, at last fall's Tokyo Motor Show, the company also showed a next-generation diesel dubbed Sky-D, which is 20 percent more efficient. According to Road & Track, Mazda has acknowledged that the Sky-D diesel could be part of the lineup for the next generation CX-7 and CX-9, but the obvious question is: When?

[Source: Road & Track]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Mazda has always been the Japanese car company that was different enough to be interesting. I think adding diesel to the lineup could really set them apart from their competition even more. Would be great to see diesel torque in a Mazda5 Now, if only they can quiet down those cabins and install some better carpet!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Mazda should become the leader in diesel offerings by quite literally offering it on every model not only would this help drive down production cost's it would also give them a ton of CAFE credits. I think it would be awesome to see this powertrain in the Mazda 3 and if could be fitted with a DCT borrowed from the Fords parts bin then all the better, also could you imagine if they could squeeze it into the MX-5 with 400nm of torque, it would be a whole lot more manly to drive thats for sure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Mazda had offered it back in 2007 when I got my CX-7. But it's an SUV/CUV/heavy wagon/etc.., and I wasn't expecting good mileage. The CX-7 does have a fairly aggressive set of ratios on the slushbox, not very conducive for good mileage. But for what it is, it's extremely fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm more interested in the prospect of the dual-clutch transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No sense looking at the performance and economy numbers of the current CX-7 diesel. The article says clearly that Mazda would wait until its new SKY-D diesel is ready for deployment - and that is currently slated for the 2012 model year.

      I agree that it would be absolutely tremendous to see that power plant rolled out across the Mazda range in the North America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DO IT!...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes please! Also put the motor in more of their vehicle lineup!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My dealer has me on his list for when they appear, they seem to think it will happen. I really want one, I need the space offered by one but am turned off by the gasoline engine's mileage.

      So, when Mazda brings it I will step up to the plate
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd love for Mazda to offer some 4-banger diesels, just so we have an alternative to VW. They have that market cornered, and nobody seems to be stepping up to the plate to give them some competition on the North American side of things. I never was the biggest fan of VW in the past, but I'll probably be buying a 2010 Golf TDI this year, just because it seems like a great package all around.
      Give us a Mazda3 diesel with a 6-speed stick, then maybe I could be swayed to Mazda... Or even a CX-7 diesel with a stick trans.. hell yes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a 6 speed automatic for the 2.5?
      How about a tall geared axle ratio for the 2.3t? (current one is way too short)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yawn...if it's not a rumor of a diesel sedan/hatch that will never come here, it's news of a higher end SUV type thing that may actually make it here, but have a ridiculous price premium on top of added emissions equipment costs.
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