Mazda has announced that the Mazda3 hatchback and fastback models will be getting a new 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine from December 1, 2015. These models will be available in three trims with prices starting at £18,895 OTR.
The new Skyactiv-D diesel engine made its debut in the all-new Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 models. It produces 103 hp and 270 Nm (199 lb.-ft.) of torque, and makes the Mazda3 twins capable of reaching 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 11 seconds and hitting a top speed of 116 mph (187 km/h). It will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission but the hatchback version will have an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The beauty of the 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine is not its output figures, rather it is the fuel efficiency. When paired with the manual transmission, the engine is capable of delivering 74.3 mpg (26.30) and has CO2 emissions rating of 99 g/km.
The engine comes with Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system, which delivers the fastest restarts on a diesel engine. A single variable turbine geometry turbocharger is used to provide boost at low revs and it also uses a rotation speed sensor to maintain its output to higher revs, resulting in strong in-gear response. Further responsiveness is assured by the presence of a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system that complements the high-pressure EGR system.
Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet Mazda UK says, “Putting the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D into the Mazda3 will significantly increase the appeal of the Mazda3 to those fleets who prefer their drivers to run vehicles with a sub 2.0-litre 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.”