Mazda’s new SkyActiv-D 1.5 litre clean diesel engine, first introduced in the latest Mazda 2, is set to make its debut in the Malaysian market pretty soon, if a recent report from The Star is to be believed.

According to the English language daily, Berjaya Auto executive director and CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said that the small-capacity oil burner will arrive on our shores as early as 2016. The mill will be assembled in Thailand at Mazda’s new engine plant in Chonburi starting from the fourth quarter of next year, so it looks like exports will begin soon after.

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The Euro 6-compliant diesel engine, which features a variable turbine geometry turbocharger, makes 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and a respectable 250 Nm from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. More impressive is the inclusion of homogeneous lean burning and the extremely low compression ratio of 14.8:1, which Mazda claims help it deliver low levels of harmful NOx emissions without resorting to expensive aftertreatments.

In certain markets, the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D is available on the Mazda 2 (making it Thailand’s first diesel-powered Eco Car) as well as the Mazda CX-3 B-segment crossover. With the latter also set to arrive in Malaysia around the same time as the engine, could this mean that the car will be offered with a diesel option from launch?

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Mazda 2 Sedan at 2014 Thai Auto Expo
Mazda 2 Hatch at IIMS 2014