When we first discovered Mazda was bringing its two-stage turbocharged diesel to North America, we celebrated. We think you’re going to, too. According to Mazda, sometime in 2014 you’ll be able to buy a Mazda6 (family sedan), which gets more than 40 mpg on the highway. Furthermore, it’ll require no expensive NOx aftertreatment and no urea—as it breezes past strict Tier 2 Bin5 emissions tests. Mazda is so confident in the engine’s ability to meet these strict emissions requirements, it’s even going to offer the Mazda6 with a manual transmission.
Mazda invited us to Vancouver, Canada, to testdrive automatic- and manual transmission-equ
Skyactiv-D: Philosophy and Technology
Some in the auto industry would like you to think the internal combustion engines we have today are about the best we can do in terms of efficiency, emissions, and fuel economy. Some want to throw all these engines away in favor of expensive, non-renewable battery systems that still lack an infrastructure. Mazda’s Skyactiv-D (the D stands for diesel) philosophy bucks this trend and takes the opposite approach by finding improvements in all areas of the modern automobile.
The Mazda suite of Skyactiv-D technologies includes a lighter and stronger body construction, suspension geometry improvements, efficient transmissions, and, of course, cleaner and stronger diesel power. By putting all this together in one vehicle, the consumer benefits. We get a reasonably priced vehicle that’s a blast to drive, our pocketbook doesn’t get too skinny, and our cars help keep the sky clear and healthy for future generations.
Model: ’14 Mazda6
Engine: 2.0L Skyactiv-D
Type: All-aluminum inline four-cylinder with chaindriven camshafts and an internal balance shaft
Bore: 3.38 inches
Stroke: 3.7 inches
Compression ratio: 14:1
Weight: 308 pounds (with accessories)
Fuel injection: Common-rail with piezo injectors
Fuel requirement: Diesel, B5
Valvetrain: 16-valve dual overhead cam
Horsepower: 170 hp
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Aftertreatment: Engine-mounted diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF)
Transmission: Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual and Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 20 percent improvement as compared to Mazda’s current 2.2L diesel
Steering: Electric power assist steering (EPAS)
The 2.0L Skyactiv-D’s increased torque was easily noticed when we compared it to Mazda’s o
The Skyactiv-D diesel’s cylinder head, block, and bedplate are all made from aluminum allo
The DOC and DPF fit in the same engine compartment. There are two turbos (a small and big
Those familiar with diesel performance may be aware of the advantages of a low-compression
The 2.0L engine’s chaindriven oil pump features a conventional design, although its electr
The oil pump also supplies pressure to the variable-valve-lift camshaft system. Mazda also
How Lighter Parts Improve Power and Save Fuel
The current Mazda 2.2L diesel’s crankshaft is made from forged steel, but it’s built like
The new Skyactiv-D 2.0L’s crankshaft is also forged—but it’s 9.9 pounds lighter than the 2
The Mazda 2.2L’s connecting rods look like mini Power Stroke rods.
The four Skyactiv-D 2.0L forged connecting rods weigh a total of 1½ pounds less than the 2
The original pistons used a small-diameter piston bowl.
The four Skyactiv-D 2.0L’s pistons weigh almost 2 pounds less than the 2.2L pistons they r
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