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Mazda3 diesel on sale in Australia in September

The new Mazda3 will soon be available with a turbo-diesel engine, giving buyers of the often best-selling model a more fuel efficient option. It’ll broaden the engine range to three choices.

2014 Mazda3 Astina diesel

At the moment the Mazda3 is only available with two petrol four-cylinder engines in Australia, which isn’t great in this segment where most rivals offer a diesel option. That will soon change though.

Mazda will introduce the 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine for the 3. It’s the same unit that’s been available in the larger Mazda6 and the CX-5 SUV. It produces 129kW of power and an impressive 420Nm of torque.

Although the new petrol engines are significantly more fuel efficient than those used in the predecessor, the small car market is getting extremely competitive in terms of economy. The new diesel will bring forth an average consumption rating of 5.0L/100km, which is about average for this market segment. (Hyundai i30 CRDi diesel 4.5L/100km [manual], Ford Focus diesel 5.4L/100km, Volkswagen Golf 110TDI 4.9L/100km.)

The engine option will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission, in hatchback form only.

An official on-sale date has been etched in for September 1. Prices are yet to be announced.

2014 Mazda3 Astina diesel-rear

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.