Entering at the top of the Mazda3 family, the XD Astina is priced from $40,230 with a six-speed manual, while the six-speed auto adds a $2000 premium.
That places the new diesel model above the previous range-topper, the SP25 Astina, which is priced from $36,190.
Mazda Australia expects the new diesel model to make up 2.0 percent of all Mazda3 sales this year, compared to 6.0 percent for the SP25 Astina and - at the entry end - a whopping 20.5 and 29 percent for the Neo and Maxx models.
The remaining split is expected to see 11.5 percent of sales go to the Touring grade, 15 percent to the SP25 and 16.0 percent to the SP25 GT.
XD Astina: 2.2 litre Diesel Engine
Power in the XD is provided by the same 2.2 litre diesel that drives models in the CX-5 and Mazda6 lines, offering 129kW at 4500rpm and 420Nm at 2000rpm.
Existing engine options with the Mazda3 include a pair of petrol units, one a 113kW/200Nm 2.0 litre and the other a 138kW/250Nm 2.5 litre mill.
The XD Astina’s debut also marks the first appearance of Mazda’s i-ELOOP regnerative braking system in the 3 range.
That technology, combined with the new diesel engine and i-stop idle stop/start, contributes to fuel consumption figures of just 5.0 l/100km in manual form and 5.2 for the auto.
By comparison, the small 2.0 litre petrol unit lists fuel use at between 5.7 and 5.9 l/100km, while the thirstier 2.5 engine lists figures between 6.0 and 6.5 l/100km.
CO2 emissions with the 2.2 litre diesel are listed at 129g/km for the manual, and 137g/km for the auto.
Standard features with the XD Astina are based on the already well-equipped SP25 Astina, which already includes a seven-inch display, nine-speaker audio, head-up display, leather trim throughout, dual-zone climate control, proximity key and push-button start, a powered sunroof, powered mirrors and driver’s seat.
The XD Astina adds 18-inch ‘bright alloy’ wheels, LED fog lights, a red accent to the front grille, ‘Brilliant Black’ painted lower rear bumper, and black leather with suede seat trim.
As with the SP25 Astina, the XD’s safety features include six airbags, ABS brakes, stability and traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic brake assist, hill-launch assist and emergency stop signal.
The Astina grade’s i-Activesense package (optional on other models) features radar-guided cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and smart city-brake support.
The XD Astina also benefits from a specifically tuned rear suspension setup, gaining a larger diameter rear hub bearing and vibration damper.
For the XD, the rear damper diameter is 45mm, compared to the 38mm on all other Mazda3s. Mazda says this has resulted in greater stiffness at the rear, contributing to greater steering and handling traits.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Neo - 2.0 litre petrol 6MT - $20,490
- Neo - 2.0 litre petrol 6AT - $22,490
- Maxx - 2.0 litre petrol 6MT - $22,990
- Maxx - 2.0 litre petrol 6AT - $24,990
- Touring - 2.0 litre petrol 6MT - $25,490
- Touring - 2.0 litre petrol 6AT - $27,490
- SP25 - 2.5 litre petrol 6MT - $25,890
- SP25 - 2.5 litre petrol 6AT - $27,890
- SP25 GT - 2.5 litre petrol 6MT - $30,590
- SP25 GT - 2.5 litre petrol 6AT - $32,590
- SP25 Astina - 2.5 litre petrol 6MT - $36,190
- SP25 Astina - 2.5 litre petrol 6AT - $38,190
- XD Astina - 2.2 litre diesel 6MT - $40,230
- XD Astina - 2.2 litre diesel 6AT - $42,230