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Mazda3’s SkyActiv-X engine tech to spread to other models

By Cameron Kirby, 29 Nov 2018 News

Mazda3’s SkyActiv-X engine tech to spread to other models

Every new model after the Mazda3 will be fitted with the revolutionary compression ignition engine

MAZDA’S CEO has revealed in Los Angeles the company’s revolutionary SkyActiv-X compression ignition engine will be fitted to its entire range.

Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s global president and CEO, made the announcement during a speech at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“I am pleased to announce that starting from the all-new Mazda3, all upcoming new models will be equipped with the Skyactiv-X gasoline engine,” he said.

“Skyactiv-X is one of Mazda’s ideal combustion engines. Thanks to SPCCI, which stands for Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition, this revolutionary power plant combines the free-revving characteristics of a gasoline engine with the efficiency, torque and fast initial response of a diesel engine.”

For those of you wondering how the SkyActiv-X engine works, we have a handy explainer here, and you can read our review of a prototype car here.

By ditching conventional spark ignition, Mazda claims the SkyActiv-X engine is able to achieve ground breaking efficiency in both fuel consumption and CO2 outputs.

Marumoto-san’s speech also reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to a well-to-wheel perspective in terms of eco-credentials, to “reduce CO2 emissions throughout the car’s entire life cycle”.

“We are targeting to reduce average CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030,” he said.

“To achieve this, we will take a multi-solution approach tailored to each region. Such solutions include Mazda’s ideal internal combustion engines paired with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, as well as battery EVs with and without the rotary range extender.”