Diesel engine joins Mazda3 range.
The SKYACTIV-D turbo-diesel four cylinder engine currently found in the Mazda6 and CX-5 will be available in the new Mazda3 Astina XD hatch from the 1st of September.
Mazda’s clean and advanced 2.2 litre engine produces 129kW and 420Nm and is coupled to either a SKYACTIV-Drive six speed automatic or a SKYACTIV-MT six speed manual and fuel economy is around a miserly 5 litres per 100 kilometres on combined cycle, depending on the transmission.
As the 3 is lighter than its relatives that share the same engine, Mazda is promising a blend of environmental friendliness, frugality and pace.
Mazda Australia director of marketing, Alastair Doak said diesel is a key part of Mazda’s plan “diesel is a core part of Mazda’s technology strategy and it’s great to add the SKYACTIV-D engine to our best-selling Mazda3 range. The SKYACTIV-D has been well received in both Mazda6 and CX-5 and it’ll offer something very special when it arrives in the lighter and smaller Mazda3.”
Interestingly, Mazda has opted to fit the diesel 3 with a red edging around the chrome strip on the grille as well as obligatory “SKYACTIV-D” badging to differentiate the diesel Astina from petrol models.
“It’s our goal to produce cars for people who really enjoy driving and the new Mazda3 XD Astina will deliver on that promise.” Doak concluded.