The Japanese compact Mazda3 will receive coming December 1 a new diesel powerplant – the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D engine with 105 HP.
The all new mill will be offered on both versions – the hatchback and fastback sedan – after it received its initial debut on the smaller Mazda2 and here it drops 105 HP (77 kW) at 4, 000 rpm and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) at 1, 600-2, 500 rpm. It can be linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox, enabling CO2 emissions of 99 g/km thanks to an average fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg (UK) – 3.8 l/100km. The hatchback model can be exclusively mated to the 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic unit as an optional extra. Assisted by the new 1.5 diesel, the Japanese compact car will go from zero 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in exactly 11 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 187 km/h (116 mph). These are not spectacular figures and they’re not even remotely the best in the class, but enable the Japanese compact to offer a sensible and economical diesel version for customers on a budget.
The first market to receive the new version is the United Kingdom, where the company mangers say the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D Mazda3 will become interesting to “fleets who prefer their drivers to run vehicles with a sub 2.0-liter engine, and with CO2 emissions from 99g/km this will also make the car more popular with drivers who place low BIK taxation near the top of their consideration criteria,” comments Steve Tomlinson, head of fleet Mazda UK. The starting price for the new engine variant is of 18,895 (OTR) British pounds.