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.
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.
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