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All you diesel lovers out there, you’re gonna love this – sources within Bermaz Motor have confirmed that the company will be bringing in Mazda’s range of SkyActiv-D diesel vehicles, starting from next year!

Although details regarding models and pricing have yet to be finalised, it’s likely that the lineup will include the Mazda 2, CX-3, CX-5 and possibly the Mazda 6 as well. The CX-3 should be quite a shoe-in, as a brochure of the oil-burning variant made the rounds on the Internet alongside its petrol sibling – the latter is slated to enter the market before the end of the year.

We also know that Bermaz has been testing diesel-powered Mazda 2 and 6 models on local roads (and local diesel) for a while now, and the former was also featured in a fuel efficiency test from Bangkok to Penang. As for the CX-5 diesel, surprise, surprise – it’s already being assembled in Inokom’s Kulim plant here, albeit only for the Thai market; Bermaz only needs to take the cars out of the factory and put them in showrooms!

The decision to bring in diesel vehicles must surely have been swayed by the recent introduction of Euro 5 diesel – required to maintain the longevity of the diesel particulate filter in the exhaust – in certain stations in the Klang Valley. BHPetrol was the first retailer to offer the fuel last month (coming on the back of its introduction in Johor last year), and Shell is also expected to provide Euro 5 diesel by year-end.

Mazda currently builds two SkyActiv-D turbodiesels – the 1.5 litre mill is used in the Mazda 2 and CX-3, and produces 104 hp at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm from 1,600 to 2,500 rpm. On the other hand, the Mazda 6 and CX-5 utilise the bigger 2.2 litre twin-turbo oil-burner, available in 148 hp/380 Nm and 173 hp/420 Nm outputs. So, are you looking forward to a diesel-powered Mazda?