• Dec 15th 2006 at 1:01PM
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As much as we love the new Mazdaspeed3 and pray that we might find one in our garage soon, we know that for much of the world this 263-hp mini monster just isn't very practical. The base Mazda3 is a much better option for most, and even the diesel version makes more sense for a lot of customers, Europeans in particular. But knowing that the turbo terror is out there can make even the most devoted diesel fanboys want a little more than the 108-hp oilburner Mazda offers at the moment. Well, there is some good news to report on that front.

Mazda is apparently readying a 143-hp version of the diesel 3, to be dubbed D Sport when it shows up in European dealerships next Spring. With the additional power and Mazda's slick six-speed shifter, 0-60 sprints should drop by almost 3 seconds (8.5 versus 11.3) and the car's top end should go up to 130 mph (a 15 mph gain). This comes at just the right time, as Mazda will see new competition from a 175-hp Renaultsport Mégane and a 180-hp version of the new Toyota Auris. Although down on power a bit still, the 55 mpg this thing promises will likely best the rivals by a good margin.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Its a Peugeot DW20 up from 136-143hp to 143hp? Thats not so cool! TThe DW22 has about the same size and 170hp. The Biturbo provides more torque at lower revs. So that engine not too cool...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Keep in mind that's imperial gallons, US mpg would be 45. Still fantastic :)

      I would seriously consider a diesel car if there were options other than VW. (and assuming I needed a new car)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8: Reason 1 does not apply anymore. American carmakers did not develop the technology themselves but they have easy access on it. GM sells the 1.3 and 1.9l diesels once developed together with FIAT. The successor was developed by VM Motori and is made at the Daewoo plant in Korea. Ford developed its diesels together with PSA (Peugeot Citroen). The I4s where mainly developed by PSA, the V6 and V8 mainly by Peugeot. And VM and Detroit Diesel could immediately start producing engines in the 1.5l - 3.0l range for the US market in Detroit.

      It should not be a big deal to bring these engines to the US. Unfortunately an urea system would make them about 500 to 1000$ more expensive than the european counterparts, a premium many european diesel buyers would pay, but one that is not acceptable for many americans.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 - the blue states "only" account for >24% of car registrations across all states - I still can't figure out why these states get to hold the rest of us hostage when it comes to determining what vehicles we can buy. Also, I don't think the automakers will have to invest as much money as would like us to believe to bring the diesel autos they sell around the rest of the world to the US. Its the old supply and demand thing, if bulk of the buying public is happy with cars that get a "whopping" 30 mpg on the freeway, then more power to the automakers for stringing us along...
      • 8 Years Ago
      8.5 seconds to 60 is what The Truth About Cars got from the 4 door Civic Si. I'd much rather have this and also get 40+ mpg.

      I drove a 2.0 diesel Golf while recently in Germany and I came away impressed. It was quiet, powerful and even had a decent exhaust note when cruising the autobahn at 100mph.

      The reason why we don't have more diesel in the US is simple:

      1. the US car makers don't want it because they don't have competing products yet.
      2. The oil companies don't want it because it would require new investments in refining capacity

      Between the two of them they have enough lobbyists to not make sure there is always some obstacle to make it happen so we get stuck with E85 because the corn lobby wants it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This reminds me of a recent Fifth Gear test of a UK Honda Civic hatch with the diesel engine. 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds I believe along with similar mileage to the Mazda. What's not to like about that. Too bad we won't be seeing them on the left side of the Atlantic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A diesel Mazda3 with a 6-spd manual would be so perfect for me. I love my 06 2.3 5-speed hatch to pieces, but if it was diesel and got MPG approaching what my 83 Civic got, I'd never buy another car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this plan materialize, the Focus, and Astra will have another fierce rival.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda tackles a very niche market, and they do it so well. Mazda should definitely sell a diesel 3 in North America, especially if it has some power. Why should the only choices for diesel come from mundane VW's? And at least if Mazda makes a diesel it will be more reliable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Assuming the same level of handling, steering and braking, I'll take 8.5 to sixty along with 55mpg any day. When do we get choices like this in the US?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda should bring the diesel to the US and Canada as well. The would sell like hot cakes!
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