Second-gen Skyactiv technologies coming in 2019.

“We are not giving up,” says Mazda on its U.S. diesel ambitions, despite the long delay. The Japanese company wanted to create cleaner and sportier diesels, and launch them in America some five years ago, but the oil-burners are still not available in the country.

It’s hard to believe this would happen soon, as Automotive News reports diesels won’t be introduced stateside before the next generation Skyactiv technologies arrive in 2019. “We have a timeline,” comments Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai, and apparently this means diesel drivetrains will reach the U.S. market while he’s still at the helm, our source claims.

Speaking of the second generation Skyactiv family of technologies, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, general manager of Mazda’s vehicle development division, says it will be launched in March 2019 and will include far more than just engines – it will encompass a complete overhaul of the entire platform, focusing on lightweight materials, better ride and handling, and improved fuel economy.

As part of the new platform, Mazda is working on a brand new gasoline engine that will be around 30 percent more fuel efficient compared to the current Skyactiv motors. This will be achieved thanks to a higher compression ratio – up to 18:1 from the current 14:1.

Source: Automotive News