Diesel cars are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts as are hybrid engines. Now, combine the two into a diesel-electric hybrid and you get a highly efficient machine.
Mazda has announced that it has plans to release a diesel hybrid option in 2016. However, it would only be available in Japan. Here in the U.S., we’re still waiting on a diesel version of the Mazda6, which was due out this spring, but was then delayed for an unspecified amount of time because Mazda needs to “deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.”
According to Green Car Reports, the diesel hybrid Mazda is planning should have a fuel economy around 54 mpg combined, which isn’t too shabby at all. The hybrid system is expected to be relatively simple with the electric power going to the wheels and assisting the diesel engine.
What do you think about Mazda’s diesel options? If the diesel-powered Mazda6 ever arrives in the United States would you consider driving it?