TechTalk Mazda e-Skyactiv D

Published on August 1st, 2022 | by Sounder Rajen


Mazda Shows A 3.3 -Litre Turbocharged Straight-Six Diesel

This new engine is supposed to debut in the Mazda CX-60 but will it be popular in Asia

Mazda e-Skyactiv D

As the proverbial arms race of clean mobility between carmakers intensifies, electric vehicles (EVs) seem to be the new trend, however, while some countries have adapted to this trend by improving their electric charging infrastructure, especially Thailand, some countries are still lagging behind. So, Mazda has a different approach

To make matters worse, there are still many people, including me, who are just not ready to say goodbye to good old internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Thus, automakers like Mazda have to find a middle ground that pleases both sides.

This is where Mazda’s newest creation comes in. This new engine has been awaited for quite some time now and it is finally here. Dubbed the e-Skyactiv D, this 3.3 in-line six turbocharged diesel engine is hailed as one of the cleanest-burning diesel engines in the world as a result of its smart technology.

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Mazda stated that this engine will be offered in two states of tune, namely a rear-wheel-drive making 200 horsepower, and an all-wheel-drive pumping out 254 horsepower. Both states of tune will produce up to 407 pound-feet of torque, that is almost 552Nm for those of us who aren’t allergic to the metric system.

Moreover, this engine is also going to be paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The company explained that this engine was designed “to meet the needs of customers who want an efficient, long-distance driving car with great towing capacity.” 

Mazda also said that this new engine comes equipped with technology called Distribution-Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition (DCPCI). This allows the engine to achieve a thermal efficiency of over 40%, much higher than average.

Mazda e-Skyactiv D

This helps to improve fuel economy and increase driving range. Mazda rates fuel economy for the 200 horsepower version of the engine at 48mpg, or roughly 20.41km/L. If these numbers are completely accurate, then this is seriously impressive

As for the 254 horsepower engine, Mazda reckons it could yield 44mpg or 18.71km/L. This means the more powerful engine gives the CX-60 a usable 5,500-pound (2494.758kg) towing capacity, while being as light as the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in the CX-5. 

Effectively, it is eco-friendly while still being functional and fun. A true all-rounder. This is why I love Mazda as a brand, they are innovative without forgetting their roots.

Mazda e-Skyactiv D

Now I want to ask all of you, if this engine were introduced in the Asia market, would it be more popular than lower capacity, four-cylinder diesel options?

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