The next-generation Mazda 3 has become the first production-ready model of the brand to get a Skyactiv-X engine.
The latest development of the Japanese engineers generates up to 180 hp.
Mazda calls its new Skyactiv-X the world’s first commercial gasoline engine combining spark ignition of an internal combustion gasoline mill with compression ignition of a diesel unit.
Development of compression ignition for gasoline engines has long been a goal of Mazda engineers. The Skyactiv-X is truly exclusive.
This 2.0-liter unit delivers up to 180 hp and 165 lb-ft (224 Nm) of torque. It features smooth traction, excellent response and outstanding real fuel economy.
What does the ‘outstanding consumption’ imply?
The Mazda 3 hatchback with a Skyactiv-X engine and a manual gearbox consumes 42.8 mpg (5.5 l/100 km) with 16-inch wheels and 40.6 mpg (5.8 l/100 km) with 18-inch ones in a combines cycle.
These figures for a sedan are 43.6 and 42 mpg (5.4 and 5.6 l/100 km), respectively, WLTP-rated (rather accurate, indeed).
The engine power, we remind, reaches 180 hp!
The Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X is currently available only in Europe.