A Mazda spokesman said: 'Diesel is definitely the way forward. There are several projects in the pipeline.' Mazda's 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 100bhp and the five-door model achieves a combined fuel consumption figure of 54.3mpg, making it possible to do 750 miles between fill-ups in mixed driving.
The 626 range includes 13 models with three body styles (saloon, hatchback and estate) and four 16-valve engines (three petrol and one turbodiesel). The range now spans the £14,020 to £19,820 price bracket. The new diesel is only available in GXi trim on the five-door and estate. The on-the-road price for the five-door is £16,375 and the estate £17,375. This compares to the 2.0-litre GXi petrol model which costs £15,650 for the five-door and £16,650 for the estate.