Mazda debuts new 1.8-litre diesel engine
Mazda has debuted its new 1.8-litre diesel engine in the updated CX-3 compact SUV, which is now available to order in Japan ahead of its European launch later this year.
Revealed at the New York International Auto Show in April, the visual upgrades are – in typical Mazda style – very light, comprising new rear lights, an additional paint colour and a new wheel design. The CX-3 also gets subtle interior updates, including moving to an electric parking brake for the first time.
The brand’s new 1.8-litre diesel engine also makes its debut in its home market – unusually, considering Japan’s stringent emissions limits, which have made the fuel a small seller. This produces 116hp – up from 105hp for the 1.5-litre unit it replaces – though with the same 270Nm torque, available over a wider 1,600-2,600rpm rev range.
Mazda claims the new diesel unit offers better real-world fuel economy, while also meeting the latest Euro 6d Temp emissions standards, and complying with the still-optional Real Driving Emissions Step 1 on-road test. The engine is likely to feature in the next Mazda3, and could also be introduced as an entry-level unit for the Mazda6, though neither have been confirmed.
For 2018, Mazda has also fine-tuned the suspension, added extra sound deadening, redesigned the seat foam for added thicker glass, and changed the tyres on 18-inch wheels, all aimed at offering a quieter and more comfortable drive. New technology includes the ability to detect pedestrians at night.
European markets will get the new CX-3 from summer 2018.