The diesel variant of the Mazda 2 and CX-3 will be powered by a 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D engine, and shares the same capacity as the petrol-powered Mazda 2 that is currently on sale.
The 1.5-litre engine produces 105 PS at 4,000 rpm but the main highlight is its 270 Nm of torque, sustained from 1,600 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Mazda says the torque figure is comparable to a 2.5-litre petrol engine.
The remaining two models – the Mazda 6 and CX-5, will use a larger 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine that produces 150 PS at 4,500 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm to 2,600 rpm.
All engine performance figures are based on European market models, which are tuned to comply with Europe’s Euro-5 or Euro-6 emission standards, and thus require a similarly high quality of diesel to run smoothly.
In Malaysia, the availability of Euro-5 diesel fuels is limited to less than 30 stations spread across Klang Valley and Johor, but it is expected to be widened to more cities in Peninsular Malaysia by 2016.
Of the four models mentioned here, RHB expects the Mazda 2 diesel to be introduced first, followed by the rest.
However, we suspect that it is the locally-assembled CX-5 diesel - ironically despite its origins in Kulim, is not available for domestic sales but exported to Thailand – that will be introduced first instead.