Sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions for Mazda 3

Mazda has add its 1.5 Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the Mazda3 range, bringing the model's emissions down to 99 g/km CO2 for the first time.

The engine, which also sees service in the Mazda2 and CX-3, also boosts the quoted fuel economy up to 74.3 MPG, combining with the new specifications's Band A zero road tax to help keep running costs low. Should drivers come close to the official combined fuel economy figure, the Mazda3 will have a range of more than 800 miles.

The latest engine is available across the trim range and both five-door hatch and four-door Fastback saloon configurations. The hatchback version can also be specified with Mazda's six-speed automatic transmission - though this takes CO2 emissions to 114 g/km and it is only the manual that comes in below the crucial 100 g/m mark.

Regardless of specification, body style or transmission choice, the unit puts out 105 hp and 199 lb ft of torque, powering the rear wheels. The manual gearbox allows a 0-62mph time of 11.0 seconds and top speed of 116 mph, while the automatic's figures shift to 11.6 seconds and 113 mph.

Prices start at £18,895 for the SE specification in either hatchback or saloon form, with the top level Sport Nav trim prices from £21,945. The new engine option goes on sale from Tuesday 1st December.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:25th Nov 2015

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