An­swer a burn­ing ques­tion

Mazda’s new tur­bod­iesel prom­ises to solve a lot of prob­lems, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Classified -

AS BUYER per­cep­tions about diesel en­gines change, Mazda hopes its new 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel will ban­ish sour thoughts about old-fash­ioned oil burn­ers for­ever.

Mazda de­scribes the lat­est MZR-CD tur­bod­iesel en­gine as a per­for­mance-ori­ented mo­tor. It ar­rives in the Mazda6 hatch and wagon be­fore Christ­mas.

Power and torque is up on the pre­vi­ous­gen­er­a­tion tur­bod­iesel. The new car de­liv­ers 136kW and 400Nm, which is 31kW and 40Nm more than the old en­gine.

Mazda has not con­firmed pric­ing but Mazda Aus­tralia boss Doug Dick­son ex­pects it will start ‘‘un­der $40,000’’.

The tur­bod­iesel is a Mazda-de­vel­oped en­gine and shares noth­ing with the PSA- sourced 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel used in the Ford Mon­deo. It fea­tures the lat­est hi-tech, high­pres­sure, com­mon-rail, di­rect-in­jec­tion, vari­able ge­om­e­try turbo and diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter.

The en­gine is also stronger and qui­eter thanks to the ad­di­tion of a dual bal­ance shaft and more rigid en­gine block.

Peak power comes in at 3500 revs and peak torque from only 1800 revs.

The com­pany is not quot­ing fuel econ­omy fig­ures yet but ex­pects it to de­liver about the same 5.9 litres/100km as the pre­vi­ous en­gine.

Na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager Alas­tair Doak de­scribes the car as de­liv­er­ing ‘‘guilt-free per­for­mance’’. As did the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion en­gine, the new tur­bod­iesel 6 will be avail­able with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion only.

Doak be­lieves the lack of an auto should be no bar­rier to sales.

‘‘There are no plans for a diesel au­to­matic,’’ he says. ‘‘No other mar­ket is de­mand­ing it, so we don’t have the R&D dol­lars to de­velop it.’’

Though des­tined only for the Mazda6 at present, the tur­bod­iesel could ap­pear in other mod­els such as the CX-7 cross­over.

Mazda ex­pects the tur­bod­iesel will ac­count for about 100 sales a month. Full spec­i­fi­ca­tion and equip­ment de­tails will be re­vealed closer to its De­cem­ber launch.

Hot shot: Mazda de­scribes the lat­est MZR-CD tur­bod­iesel en­gine as a per­for­mance-ori­ented mo­tor. It ar­rives in the Mazda6 hatch and wagon.

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