Mazda has confirmed its new Skyactiv-X engine specs for the European market.
Reports out of Europe have put the new Mazda Skyactiv-X engine in the new 2019 Mazda3 at 177 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Mazda confirmed the numbers after earlier reports from a Slovakian source that pegged the power output at 178 horsepower. Back in November when the new Mazda3 was unveiled, Mazda Canada told us that the Skyactiv-X engine would develop “around 180 horsepower”.
In other words, the numbers are consistent and although the North American numbers may be slightly different from the European specs, the Skyactiv-x engine should develop somewhere around the 177-horsepower European number. On the other hand, we’re still not sure if and when the new Mazda engine will come on this side of the Atlantic.
The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 currently offers a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower with a more powerful 2.5-liter engine with 186 horsepower available as an option.
The Skyactiv-X engine has the unique ability to use compression ignition just like a diesel engine which results in a more efficient burn and higher torque without a fuel consumption penalty. The engine can also run on spark-controlled ignition and essentially provides the best of both worlds with optimal ignition based on the situation.
Mazda says the engine will be paired with a mild-hybrid, 24-volt system for even better efficiency and European buyers will have the option to go with either front-wheel drive or i-Activ all-wheel drive. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about Mazda’s intentions for its Skyactiv-X engine in North America before the end of the year.
At the New York Auto Show last April, Mazda announced a new diesel engine for its Mazda CX-5 SUV. Mazda had been toying with the Skyactiv-D diesel engine for North America for years, and it will finally bring the engine over for the 2019 model-year.