Mazda Unveils Their First North American Diesel Car: the 2014 Mazda6
Everyone at Biggers Mazda has been awaiting the official word about the 2014 Mazda6. We’ve been very excited for this vehicle to make its way to our Elgin dealership as it’s going to be totally redesigned. Not only that, the 2014 Mazda6 will also offer a diesel powertrain option. Mazda has made cars with diesel engines before, but there’s never been one released in the United States: until now.
SKYACTIV Diesel Power
There will be a regular engine available, but we’re very excited to test drive a new Mazda6 featuring the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L four-cylinder diesel engine. Americans are in for a real treat because the version we get is about 10% lighter than the European version, more fuel efficient, and produces 20% less engine friction.
In terms of output, drivers actually have two different options: standard and high power. The standard engine gets 148 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque while the high power model gets 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Both options can be paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. There’s no official word yet on fuel economy, but you can bet you’ll be saving a lot of money on gas with the 2014 Mazda6.
i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking
Besides the diesel powertrain, you’re also going to be saving gas thanks to Mazda’s new regenerative braking system: i-ELOOP (intelligent energy loop). When you brake, all the energy that builds up is typically lost, but i-ELOOP sends that energy back to the powertrain.
The way it works is when you decelerate, the energy gets sent to a supercapacitor. When fully stopped, the engine shuts off and all the other systems become powered by the supercapacitator. As soon as you’re ready to go, the engine springs back into action and the supercapacitator is ready to charge again at the next stop. This way, you don’t lose any gas while idling.
Learn More About the 2014 Mazda6 at Biggers Mazda
Drivers in the Elgin area who want to know more about the upcoming 2014 Mazda6 can contact Biggers Mazda. The vehicle has made its official debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show so we know all the facts. Expect to see it later this year at our dealership!