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The Mazda 3 will receive the carmaker’s 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine in the UK, it was announced recently. The diesel mill initially made its debut in the Mazda 2, which we took on a 1,000km+ journey from Bangkok, and on the Mazda CX-3 shortly after.

Power output for the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine is rated at 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm from 1,600-2,500 rpm. The engine features a compression ratio of 14.8:1, exhaust gas recirculation and Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system. Performance-wise, the car sprints from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds.

The engine is available for both the hatchback and Fastback (Sedan for us here in Malaysia) body styles. When mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-MT gearbox, the engine emits just 99 g/km, and is capable of returning a combined fuel economy of 31.58 km/l. Only the hatchback version of the 3 gets the option of a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic gearbox.

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Prices for the Mazda 3 fitted with the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine will start from 18,895 pounds (RM120,347). The new variant will join the current line-up that includes models (hatch and Fastback) fitted with a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol (100 PS), 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol (120 PS and 165 PS) and a 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine (150 PS).

With the availability of Euro 5 diesel in Malaysia, albeit in select locations, would you fancy purchasing a diesel-powered Mazda here in Malaysia?