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Old 04-18-2019, 08:16 AM   #1
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Default The Mazda 6 Is Officially Getting a Diesel and All-Wheel Drive

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Like the CX-5 crossover, Mazda's mid-size sedan is getting a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel—finally.


The Mazda 6 mid-size sedan is getting a diesel engine option and all-wheel drive.
Its Skyactiv-D powertrain, a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel inline-four, will be shared with the CX-5 crossover.

We don't know when the 6 diesel will arrive in the U.S., but expect it sometime before the end of the year—not that Mazda's prolonged diesel timeline so far gives us much confidence.

After a seemingly interminable wait, the diesel version of Mazda's CX-5 crossover is finally here—and it will soon be joined by a diesel version of the Mazda 6 sedan. While the new diesel mid-sizer wasn't mentioned in Mazda's press materials, there's a page on the company's consumer website that confirms the Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D and shows images of the car. Mazda representatives also confirmed that the 6 is getting an all-wheel-drive option in the near future.

We can safely assume that the 6 diesel will use the exact same powertrain as the CX-5 diesel, a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel inline-four that makes 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Given the 6's lower silhouette and smaller frontal area, it's possible it will get better fuel economy than the CX-5, which is rated by the EPA at a somewhat disappointing 28 mpg combined. For the 6 diesel to beat its gasoline counterpart, it will need to at least offer better than 29 mpg combined.

Expect the 6 to only offer its diesel engine in its top Signature trim level, likely with a similar $4110 price premium as the CX-5's diesel engine.

There's less clarity on the 6's new all-wheel-drive option, a rumor that has circulated for years. At this point, we're guessing that it will be offered with both the diesel engine and with the optional turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four gas engine that's currently offered on the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels.

We also don't know for sure when these new diesel and AWD versions of the Mazda 6 will be available to buy, but we suspect that they will come for the 2020 model year, likely sometime before the end of 201
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:40 AM   #2
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Is diesel really cheap in other parts of the USA? Where I live (North-East) it's been on par or more expensive than 93 octane since the diesel truck coal-rolling craze started over a decade ago (maybe longer than that), not to mention the increased maintenance costs, I just don't see the appeal of Diesel in a car, as the fuel economy isn't markedly better with current emissions regulations and ULS diesel fuel requirements. do people want to pay more for less performance, higher maintenance costs & higher running costs?

For comparison, the current 2.5L w/auto is rated at 26ci/35hi/29co
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:58 AM   #3
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Default The Mazda 6 Is Officially Getting a Diesel and All-Wheel Drive



SoCal is in a gas price renaissance. As in 2008 pricing. Locally, most gas stations are at or above the $4.00 mark for 87 octane.


I would still take diesel if it were a few cents more per gallon. The torque factor is more pleasing to my driving senses.

And good that Mazda is finally releasing the CX-5 oil burner. It’ll probably make up 2% of sales, though.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:24 PM   #4
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At a $4k premium over the 2.5T, what's the real selling point here? I'm legitimately curious as the gas engine makes more power and more torque for less money up front, potentially repaid by 4-6mpg worse fuel economy. This seems like it's going to be a really hard sell.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:00 PM   #5
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Starting price is $41,300.

Edit: for the cx-5 diesel.

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Old 04-19-2019, 08:52 AM   #6
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Fun fact: Mazda's diesel is a sequential twin turbo.
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This move seems like it's a decade late.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:10 PM   #8
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Yeah, diesel is old news. Should've done this 2 decades ago.

But then I never considered Mazda a mainstream car manufacturer so I guess they can get away with their quirkiness, as Subaru gets away with boxer engines and ugly tall station wagons.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:19 AM   #9
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This move seems like it's a decade late.
In the US maybe, because gas is so cheap but in other parts of the world diesel is still widely popular and makes up a good percentage of sales and this is a global engine.

It's not gonna sell a ton in the US but surely Mazda knows this.
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:16 AM   #10
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Odd that the engine isn't any more efficient than a gas engine on the highway.

It's not a bad move - if gas prices go up, which is very possible when the Federal Reserve dumps trillions in stimulus on the economy.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:43 AM   #11
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Does anyone know when the 6 will launch in the US? This is on the short list of cars to replace my WRX.
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So they're building the car that the automotive journalists want, that no consumers will buy?
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:03 PM   #13
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Mazda rolls coal with such class and grace.
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10 years ago this would have been fine, I'm also surprised at how little the mileage increase is. PHEV would have been the better choice now.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:25 PM   #15
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So they're building the car that the automotive journalists want, that no consumers will buy?
Yeah, I think so too. And these 'journalists' .. some are definitely good, but some are a just a bunch of dumb kids writing stupid worthless reviews.
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