Mazda introduces straight-six diesel for CX-60 with 40% thermal efficiency

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Mazda will offer its latest CX-60 model with a 3.3-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel engine that features what it calls Distribution-Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition (DCPCI) Technology. Said to be an all-new design, the six-cylinder e-Skyactiv D unit is stated to have a thermal efficiency of over 40% and will be offered with a choice of two power outputs, 200ps in rear-wheel drive form and 254ps when coupled with the Mazda i-Activ AWD system.

Mazda says it chose the in-line six configuration thanks to the lower vibrations the layout offers, while the engine’s high torque output gives the CX-60 a 2,500kg trailer weight towing capacity. Impressively, as result of its lightweight construction, the engine is a similar weight to the 2.2-liter Mazda Skyactiv D four-cylinder diesel engine used in the Mazda CX-5.

An in-line straight-six 3.0-liter petrol engine will also join the e-Skyactiv D and e-Skyactiv PHEV to complete the Mazda CX-60 powerplant line-up at a later date.

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