2015 Mazda BT-50 Skyactiv-D pickup to debut at New York Auto Show

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Those of you expecting to see the Skyactiv-D powered Mazda6 sedan at the 2014 New York Auto Show will be surprised to see a production version of the 2015 Mazda BT-50 midsize pickup truck with the long awaited 2.2L turbo-diesel.  Mazda has delayed the introduction of the new power Skyactiv-D powerplant as it struggled to balance the US emissions compliance with satisfactory performance.  They finally figured it out, but decided to launch the engine in the BT-50 pickup instead.

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Expect the power output of the four-cylinder diesel to be close to 200 hp and at least 300 lb-ft of torque.  It will only be available in 4×4 and a 6-speed manual transmission.  However, two cabs will be offered: the extended cab Mazda calls “Freestyle” and the crew cab they call “Dual”.  Only the five and a half foot bed length will the available, but expect nearly 3,000 lbs of maximum payload and 7,700 lbs of maximum towing capability.  This is extremely competitive for the segment.

Take a look at the TFL preview of the Skyactiv diesel engine in the Mazda6.

Also, here is an in-depth walk around of the 2015 GMC Canyon.

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