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New Mazda CX-3 2020 detailed: Diesel engine option deleted from Hyundai Venue-rivalling SUV

In the market for a new CX-3? Your engine options just got a lot simpler…

Mazda Australia has removed the diesel engine option from its current-generation CX-3 light SUV.

Australia previously imported the Hyundai Venue rival from Thailand, but at the start of this year, it began sourcing it from Japan instead.

A Mazda spokesperson told CarsGuide the shift in production provided the company with the opportunity to rationalise the CX-3 range, part of which included withdrawing its 1.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine from sale.

Expected to account for just one per cent of CX-3 sales upon its launch in August 2018, the unit produced 85kW of power and 270Nm of torque, and was exclusively mated to a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

The diesel engine was available in three grades: mid-range Maxx Sport and sTouring, and flagship Akari. The former was front-wheel drive, while the latter two were all-wheel drive.

For reference, pricing for the trio ranged from $29,050 to $40,350 plus on-road costs.

The CX-3 is now only available with a 110kW/195Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, the cost of which is unchanged. It can also be matched with a six-speed manual.