Mazda will change the way Australians perceive diesel with the introduction of a high-performance 2.2-litre turbodiesel to the Mazda6 range by the end of the year.
The new Mazda6 MZR-CD sports hatch and wagon will boast the performance to match expensive European luxury cars at a more affordable price, bringing turbodiesel performance and exemplary environmental credentials within reach of everyone.
The new 2.2-litre common-rail turbodiesel engine is a new-generation Mazda powerplant which employs the latest direct-injection technology to belt out an impressive 136kW of power and 400Nm of torque, up 31kW and 40Nm on the 2.0-litre engine it replaces.
Yet all this extra performance comes at no cost to the environment. The new Mazda6 MZR-CD is expected to deliver a combined-cycle fuel economy number similar to the 5.9L/100km of the less-powerful outgoing model.
Mazda Australia Managing Director Doug Dickson said, "This spirited and economical new-generation engine will further cement Mazda's leadership as the only Japanese brand offering diesel-powered passenger cars for environmentally conscious Australians.
"This new diesel engine will deliver on the seemingly conflicting attributes of robust and refined, powerful and efficient. And we're confident it'll arrive with a compelling sub-$40,000 price."
Mr Dickson said the Mazda6's high-tech new engine will make diesel synonymous with exhilaration.
"The new Mazda6 MZR-CD will appeal to economy-minded buyers and true driving enthusiasts. With 400Nm on tap from just 1,800rpm, and mated to a sporty six-speed manual transmission, it will deliver spirited in-gear acceleration and an exhilarating driving experience."
The new Mazda6 MZR-CD is the first step towards Mazda's Sustainable Zoom-Zoom commitment to improve fuel efficiency by 30 per cent across its range by 2015.
"The new Mazda6 MZR-CD will be proof that environmentally-friendly cars can also be exhilarating to drive," said Mr Dickson.
The Mazda6 MZR-CD is expected to hit showrooms in December 2008 in hatch and wagon bodystyles. It is the second turbodiesel passenger car in Mazda's current range alongside the Mazda3 MZR-CD which is priced from $29,500.
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