Mazda6 Diesel Could Offer 60 MPG, If They Sell It In US


When I first laid eyes on the Mazda6 wagon diesel, me (and most of the auto blogging world) were smitten with the looks, the options, and the infinite possibilities. Now that the Mazda6 diesel has made its official Paris Auto Show debut, we are getting some new details, including fuel economy figures that could be as high as 60 mpg on the U.S. standard.

As I said before, the Mazda6 diesel, and especially the wagon version, offers pretty much anything anyone could ever need in a vehicle. Car makers can just stop designing cars, because Mazda has achieved automotive perfection. The 60 mpg (on the sedan model) is just icing on the cake-of-a-car that offers a manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension, and a SkyActiv-D 2.2 liter turbodiesel engine with racing credentials.

But there is more than just a kickass diesel engine at work here. Mazda is also offering two fuel-saving feature in conjunction with the diesel engine. i-ELOOP uses a supercapacitor uses recovered deceleration energy to power the car’s electrical systems. Mazda engineers have turned 10 seconds of stopping into about a minute of energy for the supercapacitor. The implications of this technology are huge.

Then there is i-stop, an idle start/stop system, which combined with i-ELOOP drastically improves city driving economy. I know Mazda has been having a tough time with sales here in America, but this diesel wagon could appeal to a lot of customers who need a versatile-yet-fuel efficient vehicle. Alas, Europe gets first dibs, though diesel cars are slowly gaining popularity here in the States.

Have faith, brothers and sisters, that the automotive gods will deliver unto us a stylish diesel wagon of epic fuel economy and driving pleasure!

Source: Green Car Congress

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  • Jason Carpp

    “If” is right. We should be the ones who make the decisions regarding what engines we want in our cars, not the marketing people, not the emmisions people, and certainly not the U.S. Govt. If we need a car with diesel engine, we should be allowed one. If we need a small truck with a diesel engine, we should be allowed one.

  • cobra

    I want one. NOW.
    It is insane for the car companies to not offer diesel engines, here, in the USA.
    It looks Mazda can be the best car company if it brings the diesel engine here, especially in the wagon flavour.

  • Rod

    I thought I liked the sedan until I seen the wagon. The diesel is a must have as well as a manual transmission optional. I now drive a diesel suv from Japan, because I’m tired of waiting for them in North America.

  • ab

    Diesel wagon. NOW! Have the 2005 wagon 6, BTW. Great car. But want diesel.

    People in US have no appreciation for diesel or wagons but they are just, in general, ignorant. Of course there are those enlightened, who badly want them.

  • Bennett Nelson

    Looking for high mileage diesel

  • BZimmerman

    I’ve been writing to Subaru to bring their diesel Outback to the USA. But they won’t, so I would abandon a brand I’ve been with for over 28 years to buy this diesel wagon. Would prefer an AWD option too.

  • danwat1234

    Keep in mind of the MPG vs a gasoline car. Diesel contains about ~11% more energy than gasoline, so, if a diesel car gets 11% better MPG than a comparable gas car, the diesel car is NOT more efficient, it just has more energy to work with.
    Though VW TDIs and Mazda TDIs tend to do a bit better than 11% better, but not a whole lot more. The average real world city/highway combined MPG for the TDI Passat on Fuelly is around 40.7MPG. If an equivalent gas car gets 36.6MPG (40.7/1.11), then it is just as efficent as a TDI on average, and even a 1st generation 2001 Prius gets 42.7MPG average on Fuelly and a big 2012 Prius V wagon gets 42.4MPG.
    Maybe these new 2.2L TDI Mazdas and 2L Chevy Cruze TDI in North America will surprise us but probably not. 60MPG? No, more like 40-45MPG real world average, american gallons. And i-stop will not come to the USA for 2013 unfortunately.

    The best engine for today are lean burn engines in a hybrid car. This will allow for more than 50MPG highway and city with enough power to accelerate and pass on the highway.

  • sidewinder5

    Christopher…….get real! Maybe you could see 60mpg out of a 1.6L Diesel mounted in the Mazda 3….but not in the 6 with the 2.2L Mill…….not going to happen!

    I expect to see 48 – 50mpg Hwy in the real world!

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