The Mazda3 hatchback and sedan model range’s engine line-up has been broadened by the addition of a new and “exceptionally frugal” Euro 6-compliant, 76kW SkyActive-D 1.5 turbodiesel.
The engine has a remarkably low (for a diesel) compression ratio of 14.8:1 and a variable-turbine geometry turbocharger and itsexhause CO2 emissions are well below the South African tax threshhold – only 99g/km – and returns average fuel conumption of 3.8 l/100km.
Mazda says it is significantly quieter and smooth than other similar engines.
“The cars also,” Mazda says, “have an innovative, light and ultra-stiff bodyshell that together make it one of the lightest in the C-segment with kerb weights starting at 1185kg.
“Acting in conjunction with outstanding aerodynamics, its chassis components combine refinement, cosseting ride comfort and fuel-economy with engaging driving dynamics and excellent athletic agility.”
NEW ROTARY CONTROLLER
The sophisticated, driver-focused cockpit layout and spacious interior, the automaker adds, is notable for its compact instrument cluster, 19″ colour touch-screen display and an “active” driving dispay.
It’s rotary controller is one of the first in its segment.
The 2016 hatchback model can be ordered with 18″ dark-alloy wheeld, black half-leather/suede upholstery with red stitching and an aero kit.Digital radio, rear camera and height-adjustable pasenger seat are are standard on all higher grade models.
FIVE STARS FROM EURO-NCAP
The Mazda3 alco comes with the brand’s full range of i-ActiveSense crash-avoidance/mitigation technology. Including forward collision warning, emergency braking, lne-departure warning and cruise-control.
The cars have been awarded five stars after Euro-NCAP crash-testing.