Diesel power will find new homes under the hoods of Mazda vehicles in the U.S. starting in early 2013, spokesman Jeremy Barnes tells us. “It’ll be here between 15 and 18 months behind the launch of the Skyactiv-G gasoline engine in the Mazda 3.” That car hit the market in October of last year, so the math says to expect a diesel Mazda between January and April of 2013. This is just a few months later than originally projected.

Even though Mazda is describing the timing based on changes made to the Mazda 3, we shouldn’t expect that particular model to go diesel just yet. Current speculation is that the compression-ignition engine will arrive first in the CX-5; the 3 and 6 are strong possibilities for diesel power in the following year or two.

Mazda’s higher-spec 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel four is the best candidate for U.S. service; in Europe, it makes 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. We will announce more info as it becomes available.

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