The Mazda3 Diesel | Part Three

MZ-CD Mazda common rail turbo diesel - a thoroughly modern diesel engine

The Mazda3 1.6-litre turbo diesel is nearly as quiet and smooth operating as its petrol counterparts. Contributing to the car’s excellent refinement are the rigid yet lightweight aluminium cylinder block and a dual-mass flywheel that minimises vibrations.

The engine’s fuel injection system operates at a high pressure of 1,600 bar. Injection is electronically controlled and based on data such as accelerator pedal position and engine speed to provide optimised fuel injection and timing. The system is able to inject atomised fuel through six-hole injectors in response to driving conditions to significantly improve combustion efficiency.

Mazda3’s diesel engine is not only powerful, frugal and quick, it also produces low toxic emissions, and achieves a Euro Stage III emission rating. A major contributor to this rating is its exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. Similar to the system used on the MZR petrol engine, control of the EGR valve is electronic to optimise the mix of exhaust gas and intake air. Mixing inert gases reduces production of NOx, by lowering combustion temperatures.

Mazda3 Diesel Full Price List March 2004
Model Price VAT Retail Estimated ‘on the road’ retail CO2 emissions (g/km) Road Fund Licence Band Insurance group
Mazda3 1.6 4dr TS diesel (109ps) £12,465.53 £2,181.47 £14,647 £14,800 138 A 5E
Mazda3 1.6 5dr S diesel (109ps) £11,231.49 £1,965.51 £13,197 £13,350 138 A 5E
Mazda3 1.6 5dr TS diesel (109ps) £12,465.53 £2,181.47 £14,647 £14,800 138 A 5E
Options RRP
Electric tilt sunroof £500 Available on TS
Manual air conditioning* £400 Available on S
Curtain airbags* £170 Available on S
Mica/Metallic paint £300

*Please ask your dealer for availability of these items

Published 19 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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