Mazda SkyActiv-D See you soon in Malaysia .. !!

Our SKYACTIV-D diesel engines use a significantly lower compression ratio than conventional diesel engines, allowing for far lighter internal components. This reduces friction and inertia, enabling much higher-revving, more exciting power. Multi-hole piezo injectors and variable valve lift (VVL) combine to optimise engine breathing and economy. A two-stage turbocharger boosts power and efficiency, and helps meet strict Euro Stage IV emissions standards without the need for expensive after treatment of exhaust gasses.

Posted by Mazda Zoom Zoom Malaysia on Saturday, 18 June 2016

A local dealer has touted the arrival of diesel-powered Mazda vehicles to Malaysia on its official Facebook page, which could indicate that SkyActiv-D-engined Mazdas will be roaming our streets soon.

We reported last year that Bermaz Motor will introduce its range of SkyActiv-D diesel vehicles in 2016, although it has yet to be confirmed which model will be the first to break cover. A strong contender will be the CX-5, as the diesel SUV is already being assembled in Inokom’s Kulim plant here for export to the Thailand market.

The diesel CX-5 is powered by a 2.2 litre twin-turbo SkyActiv-D inline four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. For the Thai market, the mill outputs 175 PS at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

This powertrain configuration and its accompanying figures are identical to that on the Mazda 6 2.2L SkyActiv-D, which we tested previously. Speaking of the 6, the D-segment sedan could also be offered in diesel guise here with the same powertrain setup, albeit fully-imported from Japan (CBU), and wearing the most recent facelift.

Other popular models like the Mazda 2 and CX-3 are also probabilities. Both are powered by a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D four-cylinder engine (104 hp/270 Nm), mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. For those curious about what a diesel-powered 2 feels like, we took one from Bangkok to the Malaysian border (over 1,000 km) on a single tank of diesel, and you can check out our thoughts on it, here.

As for the Mazda 3, said model is offered with the same powertrain as the 6 and CX-5 in Japan. It also comes with the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D engine for the European markets. However, we don’t expect said model to be introduced here so quickly.

So, which Mazda diesel model (barring the BT-50) do you think will be launched in Malaysia first? More importantly, which one are you looking forward to the most?