10th September 2014

The all-new Mazda3 line up is about to get a new addition to the family, one that will thrill those looking for a high performance diesel packed with luxury and technology.

The new Mazda3 SP22 Limited is powered by the 2.2l SKYACTIV-D diesel engine which produces 129 kW of power and a formidable 420 Nm of torque offering an outstanding level of performance while delivering fuel consumption from just 5.0L per 100 kilometres.

Due for New Zealand release in early October, the SP22 Limited is available in hatch only will sit alongside the models top of the range Petrol SP25 Limited.  However an array of unique features distinguish it from the SP25 including a front grille with red accent, LED fog lamps, high-gloss lower rear bumper and Bright 18-inch Alloy wheels.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, says the new SP22 Limited will carve its own niche in the Mazda3 range as it provides an exhilarating drive and encapsulates the company’s Jinba Ittai spirit – the love of driving and a sense of oneness between the driver and the vehicle.

“All the elements of this car come together to give us a true performance diesel, from its nimble handling and responsiveness, to the lightweight yet rigid SKYACTIV-Body and chassis, partnered with our powerful 2.2l SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.”


With an ultra-low compression ratio of 14:1 (world’s lowest for a diesel engine), lightweight design and two stage turbo charger the SP22 is propelled from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 216km/h*.

All this power is effortlessly translated to the road through both options of SKYACTIV transmissions, a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic.

Another feature exclusive to the Mazda3 SP22 Limited – and first seen on the 2013 Mazda6 – is  i-ELOOP (Intelligent Energy Loop), Mazda’s innovative braking regeneration system that uses an on-board capacitor to store and redistribute energy to power components like the climate control air conditioning and audio systems to improve fuel economy

i-ACTIVSENSE safety features include Smart Brake Support (SBS) and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) systems that help prevent or reduce the severity of an impact by applying the brakes if no evasive action is taken; Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) warns of any obscured vehicles; in addition to the reversing the Reversing Camera, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warns the driver of if anything is approaching on either side when reversing.  The Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) when set maintains your speed and automatically adjusts it to maintain a safe distance when following other slower vehicles.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this car to New Zealand motorists, it has already been met with some outstanding global reviews, highlighting its exceptional economy and sporty characteristics,” concludes Clearwater.

With greater performance, handling, comfort and safety, the new Mazda3 SP22 Limited Diesel will be available from Mazda dealerships nationwide from $49,195 for the Limited 6MT to $50,695 for the 6A; plus on road costs.  For more information, please visit

* All figures for a 6-speed manual hatch unless stated otherwise

mazdacare features as standard with every new Mazda3 – a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 3 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.

BT-50 commercialcare disclaimer

** is also available to new BT-50 owners where every scheduled service completed by Mazda specialist technicians for a 3 year/100,000km term (whichever wherever occurs first) will cost no more than $200 (incl. GST) per service for models built after 1 November 2012. *** 3,350kg applies to earlier models.

* whichever occurs first