The Japanese automotive market is one almost totally biased towards gasoline engines – though diesel models have a larger following there than in America. But offering a diesel model on the market is kind of an adventure, because of the emissions regulations that are very strict. But PSA Peugeot Citroen seems to have faith in its prowess – especially given the transparency they like to showcase – so a wide range of models from the Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles have opted to deliver BlueHDI options in Japan. For example Peugeot offers two mills – 1.6 and 2.0, in certain configurations. The 1.6 liter has 120 PS and 300 Nm of torque, available on the 308 Alure hatchback and SW wagon. The 2.0 meanwhile has 180 PS and 400 Nm, packed on the GT versions of the 308 hatchback, SW and the large 508.
Moving on to Citroen, the engines are also here with the same configurations, but only available for the rather old C4 hatchback. The newly introduced DS Automobiles brand will showcase its diesel worth on the DS4 model, in the powerful 2-liter version – here the regular and off-road oriented versions only get the mill in conjunction with front wheel drive and a 6-speed Aisin automatic gearbox.