Mazda has been on a roll with their efforts to reduce thief Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE ratings. First, it started off with the revealing of the new updated Mazda3 and its new SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine. To follow up, Mazda is still on time and adamant about introducing its four-cylinder diesel to the US market.
The engine that could most likely make it is their 2.2L four-cylinder that’s capable of 30/40 city/highway mpg in certain applications. But interestingly enough, the diesel isn’t required to have the urea-injected catalyst exhaust system to meet US emission standards, unlike the current offerings from Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen AG.
There aren’t any specific details as to which models will be the first to receive the diesel engine, but there is speculation that the SUVs will be the icebreakers for the Japanese make.
– By: Chris Chin