Mazda is to launch a 96g/km of CO2 saloon version of its Mazda3 range, powered by the brand’s new Skyactiv-X petrol engine.
Arriving in October, it will be available at the same time as the hatchback (pictured) powered by the same 180PS engine, with prices for both bodystyles starting at £23,555.
These figures mean that, for the 2019/2020 tax year, drivers of the hatchback will pay £94 a month in benefit-in kind tax (for a 20% taxpayer), while the same employee would face a monthly company car tax bill of £90 for the saloon.
Across both bodystyles, the Skyactiv-X powered Mazda 3 is offered in Sport, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech trim levels, with a choice of automatic or manual transmission available on all models.
All models feature a seven-inch colour TFT driver instrument display, while the latest version of the Mazda Connect infotainment system features a larger 8.8-inch central display, improved navigation and a revised multimedia commander control dial, to name just a few of the enhancements.
Like the Skyactiv-G petrol engine, Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine is matched to the Mazda M Hybrid 24V mild-hybrid system that recycles recovered kinetic energy.
A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) converts the energy in the 600kJ lithium-ion battery, while the DC-DC converter supplies it to the cars electrical equipment.
Mazda UK managing director Jeremy Thomson said: “I’m very excited about the arrival of the Skyactiv-X engine; this is another example of Mazda’s convention defying powertrain innovation.
“Offering our customers a truly unique blend of fuel economy, low emissions and performance from a petrol engine, Skyactiv-X adds a unique selling point to the all-new Mazda3.”
He added: “It’s also great that the saloon is arriving in UK dealerships this autumn, as it’s a stylish and distinctive compact executive saloon that will appeal to both fleet and private customers.”
The saloon shares just its bonnet and windscreen with the hatchback. It is also 200mm longer and has a boot capacity of 444 litres.
It will also be available with a 116PS Skyactiv-D diesel engine.
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