Mazda is introducing a new 1.6-litre second-generation common-rail diesel engine to join the Mazda3 line-up and meet growing demand in the UK market for modern diesel engines. Priced from £13,350 on the road the Mazda3 diesel will go on sale from 1 March in hatchback and saloon body styles.
The new diesel engine, named the MZ-CD (Mazda common-rail turbo diesel) is an all-aluminium, DOHC 16-valve power unit. It generates a maximum of 109ps (107bhp) at 4,000rpm, and delivers 240Nm (177lb ft) of torque at only 1,750rpm, with low fuel consumption, low emissions and operating refinement that is similar to the petrol version of the Mazda3.
The Mazda3 diesel will be initially available in S and TS versions, with equipment levels identical to the petrol version launched in late January. TS2 and Sport versions will appear later in the year.
The Mazda3 diesel has substantial low-end torque to provide the spirited driving experience that is typically Mazda. To help achieve this, the MZ-CD engine employs a variable geometry turbocharger that alters the turbo blade angle to reduce turbo-lag and optimise turbocharger performance. This ensures consistently efficient boost pressure at both low and high engine speeds, giving the new diesel Mazda spirited acceleration and agility.
The Mazda3 diesel accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 11.5 seconds (hatchback) and 11.3 seconds (saloon). Top speed is 113mph (hatchback) and 115mph (saloon). Both the saloon and hatchback Mazda3 diesel models return a fuel consumption of just 56.5mpg on the official Combined fuel cycle and produce just 138g/km of CO2 emissions. Initially launched as a Euro III engine the range will see a Euro IV engine introduced late in 2004.