Japanese news service The Yomiuri Shimbun says unnamed Mazda sources have confirmed the carmaker is currently developing the new power plant, chasing a fuel figure as low as 2.5 l/100km.
That would compare quite favourably with Toyota’s current passenger hybrid champion in the petrol-electric Prius C, which boasts fuel consumption of 3.9 l/100km in Australia.
Mazda’s current policy on economy centres mainly around its Skyactiv technology; based on ‘traditional’ petrol (in non-turbocharged form) and diesel internal combustion engines without battery-powered motors for company.
A report earlier this year suggested Mazda’s second generation Skyacitv engines would improve efficiency by around 30 percent over the already-frugal current spec power plants.
Such an achievement could see figures for some Skyactiv diesels of between 3.0-4.0 l/100km, but not quite the reported super-efficient 2.5 l/100km goal of the diesel-hybrid.
The new diesel-hybrid power plant will reportedly be offered to Japanese and European customers in 2016, but whether availability might extent to Australia in 2017 or beyond is unclear.
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