Mazda CX-3 to Be Diesel Only for Japan, Gas Only for U.S.
Popularity of Skyactiv-D Models at Home Prompts Decision
The handsome 2016 Mazda CX-3 certainly got our attention when it debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and we were thankful the generally ho-hum subcompact crossover segment was getting an entry with some real style and performance. The engines announced for the model at launch were a 1.5L Skyactiv-D diesel for global markets and a 2.0L Skyactiv gasoline engine for North America. We now know, at least initially, that the CX-3 will be exclusively diesel for its home market of Japan and exclusively gas for the U.S. market, according to Automotive News.
In the markets which it’s sold, the Skyactiv-D diesel is a popular option, accounting for 75 percent of CX-5 sales in Japan, and the majority of Mazda6 sedans sold in Europe are also diesel-powered. Mazda first announced its intention of offering a diesel for the North American market two years ago in Los Angeles, but the production version has yet to materialize. The company was reportedly unhappy with the performance level of the 2.2L turbodiesel when tuned to meet strict U.S. emissions standards. Mazda says it’s still committed to diesel in North America in the “long-term” but has not given any specifics yet on when the U.S. might see its first diesel models.
Source: Automotive News