The Mazda 6 and CX-5 have been updated this year, bringing with it, not aesthetic or equipment changes, but a new engine. Finally, after our fuels have been raised to a minimum emission standard of Euro IV, Mazda now has the confidence to bring in their Skyactiv diesel engines for the Mazda 6 and CX-5.
Both models are priced at P1,985,000, and with it, brings no equipment changes to their gasoline counterparts. What’s different though is the 2.2 liter Skyactiv-D diesel engines with twin turbos and variable valve timing, bringing with it a different driving experience. The numbers. 2.2 liter Skyactiv-D, 173 hp @ 4,500 rpm, and a mighty 420 Nm of torque from as low as 2,000 rpm. Overtaking is like simply turning a dial with these two cars. As these are diesel engined cars, fuel economy will be its strength. Whereas the Skyactiv-G engines have elevated compression ratios compared to normal petrol engines, the compression ratio of the Skyactiv-D diesel engines are at 14:1, the same as the Skyactiv-G, but lower than a typical diesel, which reduces fuel consumption by 20%. This will however, negatively affect emissions, but the diesel engines are equipped with EGR, or exhaust gas recirculation. The exhaust gas is sent back to the engine to heat up the engine faster, while a lengthened combustion stroke and unique injectors burn off unwanted greenhouse gases, which enables the Skyactiv-D engines to be Euro VI (Euro IV in the Philippines) emissions compliant.