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