Mazda6 SKYACTIV Diesel To Change Diesel Stigma In Malaysia |

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Published on August 8th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Mazda6 SKYACTIV Diesel To Change Diesel Stigma In Malaysia

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Diesel engines can be more efficient because the fuel burns at a higher temperature than petrol. But diesel’s higher energy density means it can also emit more black smoke. In recent years, car manufacturers have improved catalytic converters to burn soot/smoke and have added filters to capture more of the emissions.

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Europe has largely been responsible for the popularity and refinement of diesels, partly due to recent tax incentives that favour diesel-powered cars.

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There is also a cost issue, which doesn’t calculate as well in MALAYSIA because diesel (even high quality Euro5 diesel from all major BHPetrol stations) usually costs at least ONLY 10-15 cents per litre less than unleaded petrol.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever, the economy offered from diesel engines is the key and likely to be a large component of the push towards diesel-powered family cars and also large sized SUVs.

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One of the main disadvantages of early/previous model diesel engines was the slow and cumbersome acceleration. Recent advancements in diesel technology have practically eliminated that downfall and have created a new generation of diesel engines with accelerations that rival their petrol engine counterparts.

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Drivers who are looking for that quick boost at traffic lights will find that the new diesel-powered sedans will give them the acceleration they desire. Take for instance the all new Mazda SKYACTIV diesel engines which was recently introduced in the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 SUV.

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With the world’s lowest diesel-engine compression ratio, this clean, highly-efficient diesel engine will comply with strict exhaust gas regulations globally without the aid of expensive NOx (nitrogen oxides) after treatment systems.

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The Mazda 2.2L Skyactiv-D is the most technologically advanced clean diesel engine from Mazda that emits ultra-low NOx emission that complies with stringent Euro 6 standards without expensive NOx after treatment. Its lowest in the world 14:1 compression enables reduction in engine weight and mechanical friction, resulting in worldbeating fuel efficiency. High torque, smooth and linear power delivery is contributed by a two-stage twin turbochargers, one small plus one large turbo, achieving high torque and response at low speeds, and high power at high speeds.

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The SKYACTIV-D 2.2’s low compression also makes it possible to improve combustion timing and efficiency. This higher output clean diesel serves up 175PS at 4,500rpm and 420Nm at 2,000rpm. Like the SKYACTIV-G 2.5, all SKYACTIV-Ds come with a balance shaft, which counteracts the added vibrations generated by these powerful diesels.

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This 175PS diesel powered Mazda6 manages a 0-100km/h time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 216km/h.

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These figures are all the more remarkable when considering the diesel consumption: namely 4.8l/100 km and 127g/km. Paving the way for other Mazda’s, this new Mazda6 intensifies its aura with a new maturity. And in doing so, Mazda has also heard what its customers have been saying and they are delivering in spades.

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The Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D is available in a Sedan variant, with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine and the SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic. Selling price is RM202,830 OTR without insurance. Available in 4 colour choices: Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl, Meteor Grey and Sonic Silver Metallic.

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The CX-5 SKYACTIV-D is available in 2WD, with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine and the SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic. Selling price is from RM161,529 OTR with insurance. Available in 4 colour choices: Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Blue Reflex and Meteor Grey.

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