Despite the focus of car manufacturers on the move from gasoline to full electric cars, Mazda on the other hand will be rolling out the new SKYACTIV-X engine very soon.
Just yesterday we saw the collaboration of Jaguar, BMW and Land Rover in an effort to design and manufacturer cost efficient and reliable electric cars. But Mazda is working on something totally different; making their engines more fuel effective and that’s why we are expecting the SKYACTIV-X this fall. And the 2 liters four-cylinder Mazda3 will be the first Mazda car to have this engine.
So what is the difference between the SKYACTIV-X and the older SKYACTIV-G?
SKYACTIV-X promises two things; good performance and impressive fuel consumption.
With the earlier released 2019 Mazda3, having a 2.5 liter SKYACTIV-G engine producing around 186hp, we expect the new SKYACTIV-X engine to produce less power, around 177hp. But it’s not all bad because Mazda yesterday said that this particular engine will return between 43 – 55 miles to the gallon which will vary in the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback.
The SKYACTIV-X engine in the Mazda3 also comes standard with a 24-volt mild hybrid system. This tech is able to hold onto the energy which is mostly lost during deceleration and releases it when accelerating, thus boosting the fuel economy.
We believe that the car will first be released to the Europe market because of the tough environmental laws there so European buyers can order the SKYACTIV-X engine on either the hatchback or sedan body styles. Drivers also have a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.