Mazda SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine to power the next-generation Mazda2

Article by Christian A., on June 13, 2014

The all-new Mazda2 will feature the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, Mazda’s new 1.5-liter clean diesel engine, when the next-generation model is initially launched in Japan. The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March alongside the Mazda Hazumi concept, which became the basis for the Mazda2.

The new engine – which shares with its the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel fitted in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 – was developed with an aim of achieving ideal combustion even in a very low compression ratio.

The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 features expanded homogenous lean burn range, less mechanical resistance, and new insulation technology that offset the increased cooling loss typical in a smaller engine.

This results to a clean and efficient engine that delivers excellent fuel economy and emissions. The engine also complies with Euro 6 sans exhaust after-treatment.

The all-new Mazda2 will also be available with either the six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic or the SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions. The Mazda2 will also feature the i-stop idle-stop and i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration systems.

The carmaker expects all-new Mazda2 to return best fuel economy among conventional vehicles in Japan. Mazda also expects the SKYACTIV-D be also well-accepted in Europe. The Japanese carmaker is confident that all-new Mazda2 will also offer outstanding real-world fuel consumption as well as Mazda’s driving fun.

Mazda’s KODO - Soul of Motion has now influenced the all-new Mazda2, the fourth Mazda car donning the new design language. After setting new standards for the accolade-racing designs of its other new-generation models, Mazda has unintentionally raised the expectations of the motoring public for the Japanese carmaker’s next offering. Thanks to the new design language, all of Mazda’s new-generation vehicles feature a solid stance, a rear-leaning cabin and muscular lines as well as an overall appearance conveying forward momentum.

These attributes, including the liveliness and emotion they bring, are properly injected into the carmaker’s most compact model, which would be offered as a five-door hatchback. However, designers knew that the work ahead isn't easy. Taking the challenge, Mazda's designers considered the design of rival models, but took a step ahead by doing things differently from other carmakers.

Other cars in the B-segment employ the so-called "one-motion" style, in which the A-pillars are shifted forward to make the passenger cabin look more spacious. The new Mazda 2, meanwhile, took the other way away when it adapted the KODO design language. At a glimpse, the unique proportions of KODO might have sacrificed Mazda 2’s practicality, but in reality they help offer a whole new level of utility.

To bring KODO to subcompact dimensions, Mazda shifted the front axle forward by 80 mm and moved the A-pillars rearward by 80 mm. This gave the Mazda 2 short front and rear overhangs-- which along with higher rear shoulders, a wider track and minimal wheel-arch clearance and larger tires – lend the subcompact a well-planted footing. While the load seems to concentrate on the rear axle, the extra space on the front allowed the Mazda 2 to accommodate larger wheels and SKYACTIV powertrains. Furthermore, the extra space gives the Mazda 2 a larger crumple zone.

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