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Mazda's large saloon becomes the latest model to ditch diesel, with production ending this month and stock available until the end of the year
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9 October 2020

Mazda will cease production of its 6 large saloon and estate in diesel form this month, with the model moving to naturally aspirated petrol power only in Europe. 

It's believed that the long-standing 2.2-litre diesel unit would need redesigning in order to meet ever-toughening emissions legislation.  The investment required to do would not be met with sales volumes significant enough to justify it. 

The diesel 6 will still be available to order from stock until the end of the year, however, a UK spokesman has confirmed. 

A number of makers have, in recent years, slimmed down or entirely axed their diesel offerings for models where the fuel was previously a popular choice. This is particularly true in the business and fleet markets, where company car users are now strongly incentivised to choose plug-in hybrids or EVs rather than oil-burners. 

Mazda still offers the 2.2-litre diesel in the CX-5 SUV, and it's unclear if that will soon face the axe too. It's now the only diesel offering in Mazda's nine-strong range of UK bodystyles, as the volume-selling 3 was introduced in 2019 with the SkyActiv X spark controlled compression ignition petrol engine claimed to offer the economy of a diesel with the driver appeal of a petrol. 

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9 October 2020
any review I've seen of the petrol engine remarks on how gutless it is in the 6 , and the new tech Sky-Activ engines however good they appear to be on paper don't provide good real world economy. Shame as I think Mazdas diesels were among the best .

9 October 2020
Sundym wrote:

Shame as I think Mazdas diesels were among the best .

 

Not for reliability they weren't.

Notorious for problems.

10 October 2020
Sundym wrote:

any review I've seen of the petrol engine remarks on how gutless it is in the 6 , and the new tech Sky-Activ engines however good they appear to be on paper don't provide good real world economy. Shame as I think Mazdas diesels were among the best .

Never driven a 6.  Currently driving a 2.  The 1.5 is smooth and likes to rev, weak but enthusiastic, and barely uses any fuel.  Looking at Mazdas (amongst others) to replace it.  Great engines, great styling, great cars.

9 October 2020

Problem is that the 6 is the kind of car where diesel made sense. People running around cities in Golf sized cars and large CX5 sized suvs is what never made sense and as good as our 320i is it simply can't match my Passat MPG on longer journeys. High milage drivers are going to be increasingly restricted by the dwindling number of diesels until PHEV really comes on stream

9 October 2020

Does not make up for the missing Turbo, even the supercharged versions lag behind on power spread. On the other hand will Mazda be the first major company in the uk to claim they do not sell diesels anymore.

9 October 2020
xxxx wrote:

Does not make up for the missing Turbo, even the supercharged versions lag behind on power spread. On the other hand will Mazda be the first major company in the uk to claim they do not sell diesels anymore.

Haven't Toyota already canned all their diesel variants (Land Cruiser excepted?)

9 October 2020
Stockholm Calling wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Does not make up for the missing Turbo, even the supercharged versions lag behind on power spread. On the other hand will Mazda be the first major company in the uk to claim they do not sell diesels anymore.

Haven't Toyota already canned all their diesel variants (Land Cruiser excepted?)

In which case they havent. 

9 October 2020

With the launch of the new Yaris, Toyotas are completely (self charge) hybrid with the exception of the Aygo city car and Diesel Landcruiser. The commercial range is still diesel though. 

10 October 2020
xxxx.

You must have missed the fact suzuki dropped diesel last year?

9 October 2020
Everyone has become so used to riding a diesel style torque wave that they have forgotten the enjoyment of using a naturally aspirated engine up through its rev range to exploit the power. No it's not going to be as immediately quick as a turbo charged car, but in my experience they are plenty quick enough with good economy, yes if you really want to press on the economy suffers but using the revs is, for me, far more enjoyable.

My experience is of similar na petrol sized cars not Mazda 6 specifically but I have driven other na Mazda's so believe their engines to be sweet revving and economical when just driving normally.

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