Diesel Mazda2 Coming For 2016

The next generation Mazda2 will offer diesel power in the form of a new 1.5 liter engine and a full SKYACTIV suite of features.

Mazda confirmed June 11 its all-new Mazda2 will debut with the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, a brand-new 1.5-liter clean diesel engine.

The next-generation B-segment model will be initially launched in Japan.

First unveiled in March at the Geneva International Motor Show alongside the Mazda Hazumi concept (the basis for the all-new Mazda2), Mazda said the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 shares much with its sibling, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel which is available in many parts of the world in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.

The Hazumi concept, showcasing how the future Mazda2 may look like.

The Hazumi concept, showcasing how the future Mazda2 may look like.

Mazda stated the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was developed in the pursuit of ideal combustion despite a very low compression ratio. As a result, the engine is said to boasts outstanding dynamic performance from standstill to its unusually high redline.

New innovations for this new engine include an expanded homogenous lean burn range, even less mechanical resistance, and new insulation technology to counter the increased cooling loss associated with a smaller engine, added Mazda. The company also said this new engine will comply with Euro 6 without needing pricey exhaust aftertreatment.

This new engine will be a high tech unit. Here is some additional technical info provided by Mazda:

  • Combustion mode transition control technology and high dispersion solenoid injectors to suppress cooling losses
  • High- and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation used to extend the homogeneous lean burn range, improving fuel economy and the sense of performance
  • Cooling water control valves and water jacket spacers to improve combustion efficiency while reducing mechanical resistance
  • Variable geometry turbocharger with rotation sensor to deliver plentiful boost pressure throughout the engine’s rpm range
  • Intercooler integrated into the intake manifold to improve acceleration response and turbocharger efficiency

Mazda also said in addition to the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, the all-new Mazda2 will come equipped with the full line-up of SKYACTIV Technology, including the six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions. It will also have the carmaker’s fuel-saving i-stop idle-stop and i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration systems. Mazda expects its new clean diesel-powered supermini to achieve the best fuel economy of any combustion-engine powered vehicle available in Japan.

Mazda expects the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 to be popular also in Europe.

No word yet on the engine’s availability for North America or exactly when this new Mazda2 will come here.