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Mazda uncovers Skyactiv-X outputs

Only 132kW/224Nm from Mazda3 Skyactiv-X engine, but fuel use down around 15 per cent

11 Jun 2019

MAZDA’S ground-breaking compression-ignition 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X petrol engine will deliver 132kW of power at 6000rpm and 224Nm of torque at 3000rpm, at least in European specification under the bonnet of the new-generation Mazda3 hatch and sedan.

Australian engine tunes are still being finalised for a December launch, however, a Mazda spokesperson told GoAuto to expect similar outputs in locally delivered vehicles.

Mazda is touting the engine will provide “drivers with the free-revving performance of a gasoline engine and the superior response of a diesel”, which is expected to sit above the current G20 and G25 engine line-up that ranges in pricing from $24,990 before on-roads to $37,990 in both hatch and sedan form.

While outputs of the flagship Skyactiv-X engine put it behind the current 139kW/252Nm top-spec 2.5-litre four pot, the new 2.0-litre unit is expected to deliver similar zero to 100km/h performance due to retuned gearing.

However, the in-built 24-volt mild-hybrid system found in the Skyactiv-X powerplant will minimise fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, which are as low as 5.4 litres per 100km and 122 grams per kilometre respectively, as tested on the more stringent Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) in front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual and 16-inch wheel-equipped sedan form.

Comparatively, a similarly equipped, Australian-delivered Mazda3 sedan fitted with a the 2.5-litre mill sips 6.2L/100km and emits 144g/km of CO2.

For reference, the new Skyactiv-X engine also betters the figures of the 2.0-litre atmo four-cylinder engine also found in Mazda’s small car range, which produces 114kW/200Nm, sips as little as 6.1L/100km and emits at least 144g/km of CO2.

Meanwhile, the front-drive Skyactiv-X Mazda3 hatchback in manual and automatic guises return 5.5 and 6.2L/100km respectively, while the automatic sedan is rated at 6.0L/100km.

CO2 emissions for the hatchback are pegged at 125 and 140g/km for the manual and automatic versions, which is rated at 136g/km in auto sedan form.

Though Mazda is yet to confirm what other models will receive the Skyactiv-X engine, it is expected the new engine will also be made available in the upcoming CX-30 SUV – which is built on the same platform as the Mazda3.

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