There are times when it is a bit difficult to understand things. Today, everything that is not betting on electric technology does not seem to make much sense, right? Well, some do, like Mazda, which invested a good amount of money in the development of a new diesel engine, diesel! The most reviled technology today, neither more nor less. In addition, it is not just any engine, but a 3.3-liter inline six-cylinder, which will occupy the space under the hood of the new Mazda CX-60.
According to the brand, this movement responds to the “multi-solution strategy” that the brand has launched, to meet the needs of customers who are looking for an efficient car to cover long distances and with a large towing capacity. A very coherent explanation, because nothing better than a diesel engine for long-distance road travel has yet been invented. And if you have to pull a trailer, even less.
The new 3.3-liter six-cylinder e-Skyactiv D engine will be offered in two power levels. The first level will be a version with 147 kW (200 hp) and the second will be a version with 187 kW (254 hp) and 550 Nm of torque. This version will also have a Mazda i-Activ AWD all-wheel drive system. Both versions have light hybridization with a 48-volt electrical system called “Mazda M Hybrid Boost”.
Mazda, also tell us that this new diesel engine is not only a micro-hybrid but that several things have been expressly developed. For example, to improve efficiency, a new type of combustion technology called “Distribution-Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition” has been adopted, or in other words, “distribution-controlled compression ignition with partial premixing”. The brand does not give many more details, but it has given the data of both versions.
Thus, the least powerful, the 200 hp, has a consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers and emissions of 127 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The most powerful, with 254 CV, announces a consumption of 5.3 liters and emissions of 137 grams of CO2. They are official data, figures that are not always easy to match in daily driving, but they are still good figures (let’s say that in real driving the highest consumption is around 6.5 liters). It can tow up to 2,500 kilos.
The Mazda CX-60 is a large car, with a length of 4,745 millimeters, a width of 1,890 millimeters, and a height of 1,680 millimeters, while the wheelbase is 2,870 millimeters.
It will hit the market in 2023, along with the gasoline versions with the new 3.0 six-cylinder. There are no prices yet, but it will not be a cheap car.