Berjaya Auto Philippines (BAP), the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country introduced a new alternative in the crossover and mid-sized sedan market with the introduction of diesel power plants in their line-up.
Diesel-powered variants of the CX-5 and the Mazda 6 executive sedan were unveiled a fortnight ago with some members of the motoring media having a first crack at the raw but clean power of Mazda’s SkyActiv-D diesel engine technology.
Mazda’s new engine is a 2.2-Liter two-stage turbocharged motor that produces 173 horsepower and 420 Newton-meters of torque. Aside from its raw power, the diesel engine has the lowest compression ration of 14:1, which is Mazda’s answer to the quest for lower emission, high combustion efficiency, more power and torque and superior fuel economy.
“The Mazda SkyActiv-D diesel engine is amongst the most advanced in the world, and with the availability of low-sulfur Euro 4 diesel fuel, we are proud to be able to introduce the engine into not one, but two of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Mazda 6 executive sedan and the CX-5 compact crossover.” Said BAP president Steven Tan. “SkyActiv-D is the cleanest and most fuel efficient diesel engine available in the market and our customers deserve the best that Mazda can deliver.”
To put the all-new Mazda 6 and CX-5 diesel to the test, the motoring hacks took the new cars to a 114-kilometer drive to the resort town of Mabini in Batangas, from its flagship dealership in Makati City. Following a brief product overview by Chiaki Santo from Mazda Corporation’s Powertrain Planning Development, the group of cars drove along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) down toward the Southern Tagalog Arterial Roadway (STAR) to Batangas. Short sprints along the highway proved the SkyActive-D’s impressive pulling power, as if it were fitted with a much bigger-displacement engine. With traffic slowing down as the drive reached Bauan, Batangas, both the Mazda 6 and CX-5 diesels relied on the highly effective i-STOP ignition start and stop system to reach commendable fuel economy figures despite the distance traveled.
The second day drive to Tagaytay from Anilao took the Lemery route on the way up. The 68-kilometer drive was characterized by a smooth ascent up the Tagaytay ridge via mildly winding roads for the journalists to experience the much-praised handling prowess of the two latest diesel-engine variants. After a brief lunch, it was back to Mazda Makati to cap the two-day 246-kilometer drive.
The all-new Mazda 6 and CX-5 diesel are both available at the Mazda showrooms located across the country. With the Mazda 6 and CX-5 with SkyActiv-D both priced at P1.985 million, the brand aims to target a larger share of the executive sedan and compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) market who not only value practicality and fuel efficiency but also put a premium on a driving experience that is unlike any other.
Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Current product line-up includes tge Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda3 SkyActiv compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda 6 executive sedan, CX-5 compact SUV, CX-9 seven-seater SUV, MX-5 two-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pick-up truck. There are 17 Mazda sales and service dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila: Mazda Greenhills along EDSA; Mazda Pasig along C5; Mazda Quezon Avenue; Mazda North EDSA; Mazda Makati; Mazda Alabang; Mazda Cavite; Mazda Santa Rosa; Mazda Pampanga; Mazda Dagupan; Mazda Cabanatuan; Mazda Tarlac; Mazda Cebu; Mazda Iloilo; Mazda Cagayan De Oro; Mazda Davao; and Mazda Pulilan.