2019 Mazda3 Skyactiv-D hatchback - Driven
Mazda has created one of the most beautiful shapes in the compact hatchback segment, its new Mazda3 hatch, a shape that lifts it above any competitor in terms of design. It has a pretty face, nice sides, and a unique rear end that lends it a lot of personality, but at the same time, it also needs to do all the boring, practical stuff well in order to be a serious class contender.
Its interior feels upmarket, and the driving experience is precise and relaxed, especially if the power plant under the hood is Mazda’s latest diesel engine, still available in the 3 and other models the Japanese manufacturer sells in Europe. This latest model doesn’t feel as sharp as its predecessor nor is it the best in class, but it’s far more relaxed and refined than the car it replaces, and it exudes an overall desirable and premium feeling.
The car it replaces was a great all-rounder, although it suffered from excessive tire roar inside at speed (and generally not the best soundproofing), plus its interior didn’t feel as nice as some rivals’, and it also lagged behind in terms of tech. Mazda has addressed all these concerns and more with its new 3, and the result is a much better all-rounder with an even prettier face than before, plus that rear end that will sure to draw a lot of gazes.
It’s Official: The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel in On Sale In America
Mazda has officially confirmed that it will start selling its first modern diesel in the U.S., and it will come under the hood of its CX-5 crossover. This, all while the manufacturers that have always been very pro-diesel, the Europeans, are now shunning compression-ignition engines and looking for alternatives.
New Mazda CX-5 Brings Diesel Engine to the U.S.
Mazda has been promising to bring its 2.2-liter diesel engine to the U.S. ever since it introduced the new family of SkyActiv engines in 2011, but that has yet to happen as of 2016. Fortunately, this will change in 2017, when the Japanese automaker plans to launch the oil burner Stateside in the redesigned CX-5 crossover.
According to Mazda, the 2.2-liter four-cylinder will arrive in North America after four years of delays as part of a diversification drive that will also include an electric car and a plug-in hybrid over the next few years. However, the diesel won’t cross the pond in the same specification available in Europe, as the SkyActiv-D powerplant has to be tweaked to meet the more stringent U.S. regulations for nitrogen oxide emissions. Given the fact that Volkswagen’s "Dieselgate" scandal has damaged the diesel’s already not-so-encouraging reputation in North America, this is far from surprising.
The new CX-5 debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show with three engines: the 2.0- and 2.5-liter gasoline units and the 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Although output figures are not yet available, we do know that the oil burner pumps 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in other models. Given that the recently announced Chevrolet Equinox diesel will come with 136 horses and 236 pound-feet, the CX-5’s rating is nothing to sneeze at. Sure, the output may differ depending on tweaks, but not by much.
Mazda went on to add that the diesel mill will make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. The engine will also use the Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, two technologies that reduce diesel knock for a quieter and more pleasing sound.
Look for the diesel-powered Mazda CX-5 to hit U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2017.
Continue reading for the full story.
Mazda Still Hopes to Bring Diesel Models to the U.S.
Starting 2011, Mazda began to introduce a new family of engines known as SkyActiv. The technology debuted on the Mazda2 in 2011 and spread to several nameplates by 2016, including the Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5, and the CX-3 and CX-5 crossovers. Consisting of four-cylinder units the SkyActiv-G and SkyActiv-D powerplants deliver great fuel economy and exceptional driving dynamics no matter their displacements. Although the 1.3- and 1.5-liter engines didn’t make it Stateside, Mazda brought both the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter gasoline mills to the U.S. Unfortunately, the 2.2-liter powerplant, the sole representative of Mazda’s diesel SkyActiv technology, is not yet available in North America.
That could change soon according to Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai.
Automotive News reports that Mazda still wants to bring its SkyActiv-D engine to the United States, and that Kogai even has an internal timeline for the launch. Although he refused to say when it will happen, chances are the diesel powerplant will cross the pond when Mazda introduces its second generation of SkyActiv technologies in 2019.
“We are not giving up,” Kogai said about the U.S. diesel engine, adding that Mazda still has certain regulatory hurdles to overcome. "Environmental performance must be compatible with driving dynamics."
Available in the Mazda6 and CX-5 outside the U.S., the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine actually made its debut in North America, but not in a road-going vehicle. An upgraded version of the oil burner was run in the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season and helped Mazda win the GX manufacturer’s championship. Not a bad debut, huh?
Keep reading for the full story
One characteristic that defines a great racing driver is consistency: clipping off the same time lap after lap is a catalyst for development. The same is true for a good racing car. You want a machine that will give you the same performance every time you put it on the track. At best, an unpredictable car is slow. At worst- well, you get the idea.
Given all that, it looks as though the Mazda6 has a bright future ahead of it. Recently, three of the sleek sedans were able to crush over 20 records in a brutal, 24-hour-long top-speed run at the ATP test oval in Papenburg, Germany. The run was a measure of the car’s ability to maintain the highest possible average speed over a given time period, and in a challenge like this, if something can go wrong, it almost certainly will.
Thankfully for the Mazda team, the 6 held strong. Gunning to topple the record for diesel-powered production cars in the 2.0- to 2.5-liter displacement range, each sedan was powered by a 173 horsepower, 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel motor running at a very low 14-to-1 compression ratio. The engine propelled the lead car to trounce the old record of 130.38 mph with a average of 137.37 mph. Not bad for a diesel.
Behind the wheel was a potpourri of professionals, journalists, and enthusiasts, each taking the helm for a 1.5-hour stint on track. A little over half a mph separated the three Mazdas, which is a testament to the consistency of both the drivers and the cars.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda6’s record.
Diesel-powered cars are gaining ground in the United States lately with both Volkswagen and Audi introducing new models into the market. Mazda is looking to join the fray of consumer diesel model with its Mazda6 sedan.
If the idea of parking an oil-burning "zoom zoom" sedan in your garage sounds great you need to put on your hat of patience. Mazda has just announced that the Skyactiv-D equipped Mazda6 has been delayed.
The car has not been delayed due to emissions testing, rather Mazda feels the car doesn’t have quite the right driving dynamic. In its own words words the diesel Mazda6 needs to be tweaked to provide "the right balance between fuel-economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance."
While it makes us a little sad that Mazda has delayed the introduction of this engine to the US market again, we can’t help but appreciate the desire to deliver the best-driving product they can.
With how much the gasoline-powered 2014 Mazda6 impressed us, it’s no surprise that Mazda is refusing to deliver a sub-par product.
Click past the jump to read about the Sktactiv-D engine.
Mazda is preparing to enter the only diesel-powered prototype racer in the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
Diesel-powered racers have dominated endurance racing in the last decade. The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been won by an oil-burner for eight-years running. Even the FIA World Endurance Championship races have seen a diesel powered car on the podium at every single race.
Mazda is the only Japanese manufacture to win overall at Le Mans when it took the podium in 1991 with its rotary-powered 787B. Mazda is hoping that it can pull a page from Audi’s book and is looking to diesel power to try and dominate the prototype class in the new TUDOR racing series.
We have all the details on this ambitious new race car and who will be driving it at Daytona later this month.
Mazda is preparing a diesel engine (probably called D Sport) for the MazdaSpeed3. The new diesel model come to comepete with diesel models like Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 307.
The D Sport will feature a six-speed manual gearbox and plenty of mid-range punch. It will make the 0-60 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds and have a top speed of 130 mph. The newcomer should achieve 55mpg, with CO2 emissions of 140g/km.
Also, next year will be unveiled more performance diesel family (...)