Designed to appeal to both fleet and private buyers, when matched to the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, the 105ps SKYACTIV-D emits just 99g/km with a combined economy of 3.8l/100km (74.3mpg).
In a UK marketplace that now sees 42 per cent of C-segment diesel sales delivering sub 100g/km CO2 emissions, Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D 1.5 will ensure the Mazda3 is now a strong contender in this competitive area of the family hatch market. With 270Nm of torque and 0- 100km/h of 11.0 seconds, the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-D 1.5 delivers the no compromise blend of performance, refinement and efficiency demanded by customers in this sector. The Mazda3 hatchback version of the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 can be specified with a six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.
Developed with same Defy Convention approach as Mazda’s larger SKYACTIV-D 2.2, the smaller capacity diesel features an exceptionally low 14.8:1 compression ratio that sets new standards of efficiency and performance. When the compression ratio is lowered, compression temperature and pressure at top dead center decrease. Consequently, ignition takes longer even when fuel is injected near top dead center, enabling better mixture of air and fuel.
The advanced engine features high-dispersion solenoid fuel injectors to suppress cooling losses and provide the optimum injection pattern for the given driving conditions. This improves both combustion efficiency and engine refinement levels. In addition, the combustion chamber features a unique ‘shouldered’ design to suppress flow around the lip of the chamber and prevent combustion gas cooling.
As previously, the engine comes as standard with Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system, which delivers the world’s fastest restarts on a diesel engine. With a single variable turbine geometry turbocharger that delivers boost from low engine speeds and uses a rotation speed sensor to maintain output through to higher revs, the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-D 1.5 delivers excellent flexibility at cruising speeds and strong in-gear response.
With peak torque of 270Nm available between 1,600 and 2,500rpm, the high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system is supplemented by a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system to further enhance engine response, while the water-cooled intercooler is integrated into the engine’s lightweight manifold.
Available in hatchback and Fastback body styles, the new 1.5 SKYACTIV-D is offered across all trim levels with prices starting at just 18,895 pounds,
In the domestic market, Bermaz Motor currently distributes the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, with price starting from RM105,000 (locally-assembled version).