Mazda has brought the most economical engine in its line-up - the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre - to the new Mazda3 compact.
The combination of this stylish compact car and the most economical engine at Mazda's disposal is destined to become a smash hit as this 105bhp engine provides enough power and torque to ensure swift progress, as well as dazzling economy. A top speed of 113mph and a 0 to 62mph time of 11 seconds is solid performance for a car that returns 64.2mpg on a combined cycle.
Combined with stop-start technology and other fuel saving measures, the new Mazda3 1.5- D SKYDRIV is designed to save money.
Britain has already experienced the engine in the Mazda2, but this new option is set to be a sales sensation.
The Mazda3 has long been recognised as one of the most stylish cars in its class and the aggressive styling on the hatchback, which can also be ordered with a more aggressive 2.2-litre petrol engine for the real enthusiast, has won a number of best in class awards against tough opposition.
Buyers can specify a six-speed manual gearbox or the similarly geared automatic gearbox. With the manual gearbox the engine emits just 99g/km of carbon dioxide, which means it’s a hugely attractive car for tax purposes.
A single turbocharger with a variable turbine means that Mazda has eschewed the favoured approach of other manufacturers, with multiple turbos, in the name of simplicity. It also delivers linear and solid boost from low engine speeds and uses a speed sensor to ensure flexibility throughout the range. A high pressure exhaust gas recirculation system combines with a low pressure system to help the engine response even more, while a water-cooled intercooler is actually integrated into the manifold for weight and packaging reasons.