Mazda3 buyers will get even more choice with the confirmation that a diesel model is to be added to the Australian Mazda3 line-up.
The new Mazda3 XD Astina will be powered by the same 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that is currently available on both Mazda6 and CX-5. It produces a class-leading outputs of 129kW and 420Nm.
Combined with a kerb weight lighter than its larger diesel siblings, the new Mazda3 XD Astina should offer compelling performance. Average fuel consumption is rated at just 5.0 litres per 100km, dependant on transmission.
Mazda’s innovative i-ELOOP regenerative braking system will also make its Mazda3 debut on the new XD Astina.
Available exclusively as a hatchback and with a choice of the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, the XD Astina also adds SKYACTIV-D badging and a unique red trim to the chrome signature wing on the front grille to set it apart from petrol-powered Mazda3 models.
Mazda Australia director of marketing, Alastair Doak said: “Diesel is a core part of Mazda’s technology strategy and it’s great to add the SKYACTIV-D engine to our best-selling Mazda3 range. The SKYACTIV-D has been well received in both Mazda6 and CX-5 and it’ll offer something very special when it arrives in the lighter and smaller Mazda3.”
“It’s our goal to produce cars for people who really enjoy driving and the new Mazda3 XD Astina will deliver on that promise.”
The Mazda3 XD Astina is due to go on sale on September 1.