We already knew Mazda’s diesel engine was slated for U.S. distribution. Mazda said today it will be unveiling the official timing and vehicle application for the U.S.-destined SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine this Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
All details about the engine – which vehicle it will be found in as well as when it will be available – will be released end of week.
Mazda Motorsports will also unveil an all-new race car which will make its motorsports debut at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The vehicle will be equipped with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-D 2.2L, making it the first diesel-powered competitor in the 51-year history of the 24-hour race. Upon build completion, the diesel racing engine remains 63 percent OEM stock. Taking place in January, Mazda will be seeking its 24th motorsports class win during the premier motorsports endurance race in the United States.
The all-new 2014 Mazda6 mid-size sedan, the updated 2014 CX-5 compact SUV and the face-lifted 2013 CX-9 mid-size SUV will also make their first continental appearances in LA.
All these new or revised vehicles are scheduled to be on sale this winter.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for the Zoom-Zoom brand,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, (MNAO). “The long awaited redesigned 2014 Mazda6 will naturally receive much interest, but let’s not take away from our strong SUV lineup in the CX-5 and CX-9, which are segment leaders in their own right. Motorsports, an innate part of Mazda’s soul, will have important news to share and last but most certainly not least SKYACTIV-D will be here. I have no doubt that consumers will look at Mazda’s upcoming lineup with wide eyes, stirred hearts and driving inspiration.”
The new Mazda6 will feature a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine as well as new-to-market technologies in the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system, an automated safety feature designed to mitigate front-end collisions at low speeds; and i-ELOOP, Mazda’s capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system used to provide electricity to all the vehicle’s electrical systems.
The 2014 CX-5 also will receive the SCBS system, which will be available as part of an upgraded Technology Package on GT models. At this time, the CX-5 will not be equipped with i-ELOOP.
Both the 2014 CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6 will go on sale in January 2013.