2019 Mazda3 To Come With Two Engines In The U.S., A 2.5 And The 2.0 SkyActiv-X

Mazda hasn’t been that generous with details when it comes to the all-new Mazda3’s specs.

Besides announcing the engines’ displacements, the offering of a manual transmission, and the availability of all-wheel drive, the automaker kept most specs hidden. Still, Autoblog has managed to learn more about the Mazda3, in particular about the model that will be sold in the United States. The publication talked to Mazda engineers at the LA Auto Show about the engines, suspension, and drivetrains.

As usual, the U.S. market will get fewer engines than other regions such as Europe. At launch, the 2019 Mazda3 will be offered only with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It’s essentially the same naturally aspirated unit with cylinder deactivation that equips the CX-5 SUV and Mazda6 sedan.

In the Mazda3, the engine will produce slightly more power and torque, though, namely 186 hp and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm), up 2 hp and 1 lb-ft. Mazda will offer this engine with front-wheel drive as standard whole all-wheel drive will be optional. The report also says 2019 Mazda3 SkyActiv-G 2.5 will return 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. The AWD model will, logically, have a slightly worse fuel economy.

The second engine Mazda will offer on its new compact car is the SkyActiv-X 2.0 compression-ignition unit which will arrive later in 2019. It will first be rolled out in states with stricter emissions regulations before launching in other states. Both engines are compatible with manual and automatic transmissions, although Mazda will announce later on exactly which combinations will be offered.

As for turbo engines, Mazda did confirm the 2.5-liter turbo-four fits in the engine bay of the new 3. However, the company would not comment on whether the SkyActiv-G 2.5T unit might end up in its compact car eventually. If we corroborate that with another report that dismissed the possibility of a Mazdaspeed 3 hot hatch, it looks highly unlikely.

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  • Craig

    The 2.5 litre hatchback with AWD and a manual transmission. SERIOUSLY? I hope so. But part of me expects to hear that the AWD only comes with an automatic and the manual doesn’t come with a radio. Or air conditioning. Or something I might like.

    • dtd

      It seems to me Japanese automakers don’t offer CD player in their new cars anymore.

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        who needs a cdplayer in 2019? , use bluetooth and u can play music/ use spotify from our phone .

        • dtd

          The problem is I still have a lot of CD with my favorite songs to listen to. Anyway, I guess new Japanese cars are made for the young generation. However, the German cars still offer CD player.

          • Kyle Newberry

            I mean, just go on Spotify or Apple Music and make a playlist with all your favorite albums or tracks? It would be an exception if you can’t find it. If you can’t find it put it on your phone? Far easier than lugging around a CD case.

            And I think Mazda is made for people who don’t want to deal with the craptastic “German Engineering” lol.

          • Mike anonymous

            Well some people might actually own their own music (as with streaming services of any kind (music, audio, video, ebook) you don’t actually own anything, your more so just paying for access to someone else ‘library’ or ‘home’ essentially). Not everything in the world is on iTunes, or online. Some music that was released on CD’s were never given a digital variation (prior to the digital revolution of the early 2000’s).

            I still think it is important to have a CD player in the vehicle. Not everyone may need one, but for those who do (and the countless scenarios where the use of a CD may allow the sharing of music where digital can’t), I think they should consider keeping it around.

            For most it’s likely not going to be a problem, but for some that could be the difference between picking up a vehicle from one brand vs. ‘heading across the lane’ to the other and buying a vehicle from another. … Just a thought.

          • Kyle Newberry

            I understand that. I have music that wasn’t put on Spotify, ala Japanese music. But even with CD’s just put it on your phone and run it through the car? It’ll be far easier than having the CD’s. Plus Spotify is free for the base level.

          • Nordschleife

            I mean I have an old iPod that I just transferred all my cd’s too and just listen to that. While I don’t think it helps nor hurts you could make the same arguments you made for a tape player. Technology has progressed so I understand why it’s not a must have.

          • Craig

            And it’s not as if the CD player is in the way. Silly getting rid of it.

          • Christian Wimmer

            Not sure about the other German cars, but my new Mercedes A250 A-Class does not have a CD player. I am forced to put my favorite MP3s on a USB stick which I then connect with the MBUX system. The good news is that the system instantly plays the songs without delay.

        • Rot

          Spotify is not the unlimited universe of music…
          So, if you have unique CD editions…

        • Jason Miller

          All of my tunes are on a USB thumb drive. No need for a CD player.

        • Craig

          I do. I want a CD player in a car. And I doubt I’m alone. MILLIONS of CD’s are still bought in the US every year.

      • charlotteharry57

        I got one of the last, but it was in a 2017 Ford. Tough luck.

      • Six_Tymes

        what is a CD player?

        • dtd

          Compact disc.

          • Jason Miller

            He was joking lol

          • dtd

            Yeah, I know.LOL.

      • Jason Miller

        Korea either, my Elantra Sport doesn’t have one. Though I don’t miss it.

  • javier

    what a lame company. If they don’t want to produce an interesting fast variant just call it a GT or something rather than speed 3, a gentlemans car with awd and a competitive engine. Stylish high mileage econoboxes are fine for sissyboys and housewives but come on make something fun

    • MadFerret9

      I am thinking they will probably do this, just not right away since it’s a new model. Wait 1 more year.

  • devonair

    Off-topic from the engine discussion: the more I see of the new model, the more the sedan is growing on me. I’m usually a hatchback guy, but am actually considering a “trunk” for the first time in years…

  • charlotteharry57

    And this is one of the dumbest decisions lately. The 2.5 standard, instead of the former 2.0, will cause the price to rise — A LOT. And stupidly so. I think Mazda’s lost it, a la Genesis.

    • Kyle Newberry

      I don’t really think so. Currently only the base 3 has the 2.0. The 2.5 starts as low as $21,140 on the sedan. If you think of the 2.0 just being axed and the 2.5 slotting in as the base engine, it wouldn’t add a whole lot of cost. The only cars using the 2.0 will be the Cx3 and kinda the Mx-5 (that is almost a whole different animal).

      • Six_Tymes

        good points

  • Six_Tymes

    Love both cars, the hatch styling is starting to grow on me. that sedan is perfect looking, love the rear design, and the rear lights. Really great. Might go for one, I am in need of a new car.

  • ramish rambarran

    In the days of home compact cassette decks, Nakamichi was king. What made the Nakamichi superior was the mechanical cassette mechanism. Electronics was cheap, and is still so. But good mechanicals were expensive and prone to problems.
    Fast forward to today, and we have the Digital Media Receiver for your car……….mechless as the manufacturers call it. There is no CD mechanism anymore. So it is cheaper to build, compatible with several media formats, bluetooth and USB at your fingertips.
    Why would they go through the bother to have a CD player ?

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Now bring back the Speed 3, Mazda…. <3

  • SteersUright

    Mazda continues its tradition of late of wowing in the styling (though whats up with the weird too-short glass on the rear doors?) department and utterly failing in drivetrain cred. No fast shifting DCT or ZF 8-speed to be found, nor any engine offering a thrilling kick to your backside or soundtrack. Well, if you only get 50% of the car right, expect only 50% of the sales.

    • EM1

      shut up

      • SteersUright

        Meaningful reply. Youre not an immature fanboy…oh no, not you.

        • EM1

          Shut up

    • Brendan Peery

      I’m curious if corksport will end up offering a turbo package that you could bolt-on to the mazda 3 2.5l with a quick ecu tune. I do think that it’s interesting they volunteered that the mazda 2.5l turbo fits.

      • SteersUright

        Must’ve missed that bit on the turbo engine fitting, thats great news. Now if they can just buy PDK’s/DSG from VW group, we could have a proper Mazdaspeed! Also, if they want to be taken seriously as an upmarket brand, time to rethink that name in my opinion. It sounds juvenile and not premium like AMG, Audi RS/S, M, etc.

        • Brendan Peery

          I don’t think they shouldn’t offer the car with other transmission options but I would rather have the stick shift myself. I appreciate that the pdk is better for straight line speed but I don’t believe

          any automatic can be intuitive enough to always make the right choice and I like learning from my mistakes.

          • SteersUright

            I’d normally have agreed until I owned a 2013 911 manual and 2014 Cayman PDK. I simply could not tell which I loved driving more. PDK was so much fun, gives you this F1 feel as it instantly fires off gear changes and the accompanying soundtrack for these fast shifts was addictive. The manual definitely delivered that car-person connection we all know and love.

            That said, these days, I’ve started embracing the advancing tech and so long as the dual-clutch transmission is a good one, I tend to love them. And the only good ones, to me, are PDK & DSG. The M2 I drove with BMW’s DCT shifted too slowly in comparison and numbed that gear-to-gear shift feeling the car normally has during a fast shift.

            I was also blown away by the speed of the shifts Alfa achieved with its ZF 8-speed, so that could work too with the right programming.

  • dolsh

    Even if they added the turbo to the car, it’s not likely to up the fun factor of the car. The 2.5 is really good in the 6, but it’s not any more exciting than the NA 2.5. I drove the ’18 2.5T and ’14 2.5 back to back (I own the ’14), and easily favoured the ’14.

    I bet it’d be the same with the 3. More refined, not faster.

  • Nordschleife

    So we know it will have all wheel drive a manual transmission, various engine options and a torsion beam setup but they haven’t really been forthcoming about the specs. Lol.

  • Jay

    Looks like I better start putting more money into my current 2002 Acura RSX. I’ve held onto it much longer than I planned waiting for the Skyactiv-x engine. Now it has been pushed back from Spring 2019 to “late” 2019. Sure hope its worth it.

  • rodriguez256

    Yea but once you’re paired you don’t have to fumble around with CDs again, I’m sure your phone has many more songs packed into it than one or six cds contain. I don’t miss CDs at all.

  • Infinite1

    Mazda has the key to designing great looking cars, I just wished that they would just the same amount of enthusiasm to make performance oriented engines to match the look.

  • Kagan

    30 mpg for a small car?

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