Available for the hatchback and Fastback models, the new unit debuted with the Mazda2 and delivers 105 HP (77 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) at 1,600-2,500 rpm. When mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the motor emits 99 g/km of CO2 with a combined economy of 74.3 mpg (UK). The hatchback version will also be available with a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic.
When equipped with the 1.5 diesel, the Japanese car accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 11 seconds and hits a top speed of 187 km/h (116 mph).
The producer says that engine has been developed with the same Defy Convention approach as the larger Skyactiv-D 2.2 and features low 14.8:1 compression ratio that sets “new standards of efficiency and performance.”
“Putting the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D into the Mazda3 will significantly increase the appeal of the Mazda3 to those fleets who prefer their drivers to run vehicles with a sub 2.0-liter engine, and with CO2 emissions from 99g/km this will also make the car more popular with drivers who place low BIK taxation near the top of their consideration criteria,” Steve Tomlinson, head of fleet Mazda UK, commented.
The 1.5 Skyactiv is offered across all trim levels with prices starting at £18,895 (OTR).