Mazda’s 2.2-liter inline-four Skyactiv-D turbocharged diesel found no success among American customers.
The company offered the engine for the 2019 Mazda CX-5. Now, when the diesel story is over for the U.S.-spec CX-5, the manufacturer also abandons its plans for a diesel-powered Mazda 6.
The reason for such a decision is the low consumer demand. Though the CX-5’s Skyactiv-D is good in terms of fuel efficiency (near 34 mpg on the highway), it is more expensive and less powerful than the gasoline choices.
Few diesel engines remain in the USA after the Dieselgate emission scandal. They are still offered for several pickup trucks and SUVs, such as Jeep’s Gladiator and Wrangler, the Ram 1500, vehicles of General Motors.