The 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D was scheduled to be released before the end of 2014, but is now slated for release in spring of 2014. When it’s released, it will be the sole Japanese diesel-powered passenger car available in the United States.
There’s no reason to be concerned about the outlook for the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D when it does arrive, as the delay is not due to manufacturing or mechanical problems. Automotive News reports that Robert Davis, senior vice president for Mazda North America, informed Mazda employees that final certification testing was simply taking longer than expected.
Mazda stunned the automotive world at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show when it announced a diesel option for the 2014 Mazda6. The engine in the vehicle will be a Skyactiv 2.2L four-cylinder that produces 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque; it’s already available in Europe. The most impressive news about the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D is the fact that fuel economy is expected to be at least 30% better than the gas-powered Mazda6. Given the Mazda6 is capable of achieving as much as 40 mpg on the highway, expectations are high for the diesel model.
There is a silver lining to the delay of the diesel-powered Mazda6. Demand for the car has been tremendous, with sales of the 2014 Mazda6 having more than doubling the sales of the 2013 model. To accommodate the high demand, Mazda is distributing approximately 4,000 extra Mazda6 models to dealership in the United States.
While the delay of the diesel-powered model is disheartening, the gas-powered 2014 Mazda6 is available now at Community Mazda of Tinley Park. Drivers who want to take a test drive, or who are looking for more information about the upcoming Skyactiv-D model, should visit the dealership at 8325 W. 159th St. in Tinley Park, IL.