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By Ben Pulman
11 November 2008 10:01
The new Mazda 6 diesel is bucking the current trend for downsizing. When every other manufacturer seems intent on reducing engine displacement through turbocharging, Mazda has replaced its 2.0-litre diesel with a 2.2-litre oil burner. The old 138bhp engine is dropped from the UK line-up completely (though it will still be available in certain foreign markets) and in comes the new MZR-CD 2.2 in three states of tune (123, 161 and 183bhp). Read on for CAR’s first drive of the new Mazda 6 diesel.
The answer to the latter is no, this engine has nothing to do with the Ford-PSA engines. Mazda, despite its tie-ups with the Blue Oval, is still fiercely independent and because the cash was available, decided to build its own engine.
With a chain-driven balancer shaft, an aluminium-alloy block, an aluminium oil cooler and a plastic cam cover Mazda claims the new 2.2 is only 6kg heavier than the old 2.0-litre. Add in a variable geometry turbo with curved vanes, fuel injection through ten holes per injector at 200MPa, plus a ceramic matrix particulate filter (that Mazda claims is a world first) and you have the promising ingredients for a very good engine.
Over the old car’s 138bhp and 180lb ft you can now have 123bhp/227lb ft, 161bhp/265lb ft or 183bhp/295lb ft. Useful increases, but the fuel economy and emissions figures aren’t actually any better than before.
The 2.0-litre managed 50.4mpg and 147g/km CO2 (49.6 and 149 in estate guise), but the 2.2 can, at best, can only do 51.4mpg and 147g/km, while the 183bhp estate languishes behind with figures of 49.6mpg and 152g/km. Is this progress?
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RE: Mazda 6 2.2D Sport (2008) CAR review
joedodgy, I'd invite you to take a look at the stats pane for this Mazda: Engine Capacity 2184cc (metric) 161bhp (imperial) 265lb ft (imperial) Performance 9.0sec 0-62mph (ie 0-100km/h, so metric masquerading as imperial) 133mph (imperial) 51.4mpg (imperial) 147g/km (metric) Dimensions 4735/1795/1440mm (metric) Weight 1485kg (metric). So what's it all about? I went to school in both the UK and US, and in both places I was educated exclusively in the metric system. A metric equivalent of bhp exists (PS, used quite a lot by car manufacturers now), though it would still make more sense to use KW (which we're going to end up using when electric cars finally sweep all aside anyway) and lb-ft for torque? No-one understands that number anyway, so we might as well be using NM already! It's a hopeless jumble of incompatible units, and just serves to disassociate those stats from their real meanings. Horrible.
17 November 2008 13:54
A Screw up really My company car deal limits me to 2L, I was going to get one of these when the lease expires on my BMW 320D, Not any more.
14 November 2008 12:48
It is English but it's also read in places all over the world which have the metric system. It would take all but 30 seconds extra to write down the metric equivalent too.
13 November 2008 15:59
Yes but Car is English and we English people still use miles here. And its used in all our magazine adverts and simialr, so no don't remove them. PLus we still measure in miles here.
13 November 2008 15:46
atomic that's a great idea. CAR, use the Imperial system if it makes you happy but put the metric values in a parenthesis next to it. And definitely put them in the statistics box too!
13 November 2008 15:13
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