Mazda targets fleets with 99g/km 1.5-litre diesel Mazda3
The 103bhp 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine is shared with the Mazda2 and CX-3 crossover, and is the first time the Mazda3 has been available with an engine under 2.0 litres in capacity.
Equipped with a manual gearbox, the hatchback and four-door fastback return 74.3mpg and emit 99g/km CO2 – the first time the Mazda3 has had CO2 emissions under 100g/km. With a claimed 42% of C-segment sales emitting less than 100g/km, Mazda is expecting much wider demand among business users.
Priced from £18,895 and available in all trim levels, the new engine cuts the price of the SE, SE Nav, SE-L and SE-L Nav versions by £750 compared to the 2.2-litre diesel, while Sport and Sport Nav models get a £600 price cut.
It’s also the first time Mazda has offered a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox in SE and SE Nav spec. With the £1,200 automatic gearbox (not offered on the fastback), this changes to 64.2mpg and 114g/km.
Steve Tomlinson, head of fleet at Mazda UK, said: “Putting the 1.5-litre 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-litre 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.
“I am confident that the addition of the Mazda3 1.5-litre diesel derivative to Mazda’s already extensive corporate vehicle choice list will enhance our fleet appeal even further when the car goes on sale on the 1st December.”