The Japanese automaker has decided the 2016 model year Mazda3 needs some new and interesting credentials to lure in even more buyers across Europe.
The lineup is being expanded on the Old Continent with the introduction of a range of new features. The compact vehicle is getting in both sedan and hatchback body styles a smaller 1.5-liter diesel engine that was first revealed in December 2015. The new Skyactiv-D unit delievrs 105 horsepower (77 kilowatts) at 4,000 rpm and 199 pound-feet (270 Newton meters) of torque between 1,600 and 2,500 rpm. The eco-centric engine comes with an average fuel consumption of 61.9 miles per gallon (3.8 liters per 100 kilometers) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer. Using the same overall design as in the much bigger Skyactiv-D 2.2, the new mill has a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint lasting 11 seconds and will top out at 116 mph (187 km/h).
The 2016 model year roster of the Mazda3 is also packing a new limited series for the hatch, adding new 18-inch dark alloy wheels, black leather-suede upholstery with red stitching, and an Aero kit, though the latter is reserved for the right hand drive markets. Additionally, upscale trims also boast a DAB radio, a rear camera, and a passenger seat lifter. Meanwhile, no other modifications have been done on a technical or equipment level, the Mazda3 boasting the same amenities as before.