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Mazda is expanding the Mazda3 model range across European markets with the addition of several important features.

First of all, the C-segment vehicle, available in hatchback and sedan guises, is getting a 1.5-liter diesel engine that was introduced back in December last year. The Skyactiv-D unit has 105 horsepower (77 kilowatts) at 4,000 rpm and 199 pound-feet (270 newton meters) of torque between 1,600 and 2,500 rpm.

The Japanese manufacturer promises an average fuel consumption of 61.9 miles per gallon (3.8 liters per 100 kilometers) with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 99 grams per kilometer. Designed with the same Defy Convention approach as the larger Skyactiv-D 2.2, the motor provides a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 11 seconds and a top speed of 116 mph (187 km/h).

For 2016, the Mazda3 range is also getting a new special edition for the hatchback model that comes nicely equipped with new 18-inch dark alloys, black leather-suede upholstery with red stitching, and an Aero kit, available only on RHD models. As standard, higher grade models now feature a DAB radio, a rear camera, and a passenger seat lifter.

Other than that, the Mazda3 continues to the new model year virtually unchanged, as the interior still comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, a rotary multimedia system controller, and an Active Driving Display, for which the company says is one of the first head-up displays in the C-segment.

Source: Mazda

2016 Mazda3 (Euro-spec)