Diesel has become a dirty word for some automakers but there's still quite a lot that still swear by it, Mazda being among them. To prove a point, the automaker from Hiroshima has put in one of their SkyActiv-D turbodiesel engines in their newest (and perhaps, most important) car, the Mazda3.
But while we're all familiar with Mazda's diesel engine, it's not the familiar 2.2-liter unit we've seen in the Mazda6 and CX-5. Instead, it gets a smaller version of that, with a displacement of 1.8-liters. If you've heard of that engine before, it was introduced in the facelifted, Japan-spec CX-3. But while the engine is smaller, it still has respectable figures.
The 1.8 SkyActiv-D mill in the all-new Mazda 3 puts out 116 PS, which doesn't sound like a lot. However, it makes up for it by having 270 Nm of torque. Of course, the highlight of this engine is its fuel economy. According to Mazda, it can do up to 22.2 kilometers per liter when paired to a six-speed automatic. And yes, there's also a six-speed manual version available.
Sounds good? Unfortunately for now, this engine is only available for the Japanese and European markets only. Also, the manual version can only be specified for Europe. Don't lose hope, though, as we weren't expecting the SkyActiv-D engine to make its way here a couple of years ago. Perhaps Mazda Philippines will have a surprise for us soon. Either way, we'd still be quite happy with the standard 2.0-liter gas engine.