Mazda teases possible diesel engine for future models

By Product Expert | Posted in SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 7:10 pm
A stock photo of a Mazda engine.

Is Mazda making a diesel engine?

When most people think of diesel engines, they see mental images of big rigs lumbering down the road with black smoke billowing out of the stacks. Mazda isn’t a stranger to defying the status quo when it comes to developing advanced engine technology. In fact, there are rumors floating around the internet that Mazda may be flirting with the idea of bringing its rotary engine back into production, but we digress. So, is Mazda making a diesel engine? Yes, they are. However, there are still some unanswered questions about as to when it will appear and on which models will feature a diesel engine. Let’s take a look at what we know to this point.

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What are Mazda diesel engines called?

Anyone who comes to the Gorman McCracken Mazda Blog to learn about our available and future lineup has probably seen the term ‘SKYACTIV®’ bandied about. This is what Mazda calls its lineup of engine technology which already does an excellent job of balancing performance and fuel economy. Mazda’s diesel engines will carry the SKYACTIV®-X moniker.

Why diesel?

When compared to gasoline, diesel fuel is more energy dense. This means that less of it can be used to make the same amount of power versus gasoline, which also means that diesel engines are naturally more fuel efficient than their gasoline counterparts. The downside to all diesel engines is that they release larger particulate emissions, which can lead to pollution if not properly trapped or treated.

Mazda has largely solved this issue in its SKACTIV™-X engines by changing the way diesel fuel is ignited so that it burns faster and more completely leading to a cleaner powertrain.

Additionally, the available Mazda materials about its forthcoming have alluded to the manufacturer’s future plans as well. Not only is the door wide open for Mazda vehicles to use diesel engines, but the automaker is also planning on employing the technology to develop hybrid vehicles. This is very exciting news.

If you want to make sure you always know the latest news about Mazda’s future, be sure to visit the Gorman McCracken Mazda Blog regularly. Anyone who doesn’t want to wait should make an appointment with one of our product experts to see what we have available right now.

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