2019 Mazda3’s SkyActiv-X Engine Makes 181 PS In Euro-Spec Guise

Mazda’s much-advertised SkyActiv-X gasoline engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology is starting to reveal its secrets.

Thanks to our friends from Jalopnik, we learned that the company’s Slovakian subsidiary posted a spec sheet on its website that revealed the SkyActiv-X engine’s power and torque ratings.

So, in Europe, the innovative power plant produces 181 PS (178.5 horsepower) and 222 Nm (164 lb-ft) of torque. The list doesn’t reveal the engine’s displacement, but previous reports have indicated that a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit will be offered in the United States.

While we can’t say for sure that these ratings correspond to a 2.0-liter unit, the list does show that SkyActiv-X181 is compatible both with a manual and an automatic gearbox. We can also see that AWD is available as an option with both transmissions.

Mazda will roll out the new SkyActiv-X engine in countries with strict emissions rules first, with the U.S. market to get it later. However, the U.S.-spec version may have different ratings, given the differences in emission standards and market-specific positioning.

For example, the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine in the 2019 Mazda3 offers similar power and torque ratings to the European-spec SkyActiv-X unit. In America, the 2.5-liter engine makes 186 hp (189 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque, which is too close for comfort to the new, 2.0-liter’s output.

It will thus be interesting to see how, exactly, Mazda will position the two powertrains and whether the SkyActiv-X will be upgraded for the U.S. market. After all, the touted diesel-like fuel economy ratings alone probably wouldn’t be a good enough incentive to buy the more expensive SkyActiv-X if it produced less power and torque than the base engine.

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  • Bash

    That red interior though. I love it.

  • Giziclown

    We will see fuel economy counts in U.S. or not.

  • salamOOn

    so top spec hatch is pricier than subaru…. 🙁

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The Impreza has a trash interior and far less horsepower in comparison, so I’m not surprised that the Mazda is more expensive.

  • Archknight77

    I believe the US version is going to have more power than the NA 2.5L, since Americans aren’t likely to rush to a unproven engine or hybrid powertrain. They have referenced the X engine as an upgrade for the NA market, so it’ll have to out perform it’s updated sibling in order to get noticed. The are likely also be positioned with a “Signature” package, since the other models they’ve announced lacked ventilated seats, wood trim, and brown Nappa leather option in Mazda6, CX-5, and CX-9.

  • Jay

    Mazdausa has priced the Mazda3 uncompetitively. The Civic hatch will make as much or more power than the Skyactiv X and the fuel economy benefit of the X will never overcome the high list price. The Civic has better rear suspension and more cargo space also.

    • gio957 .

      Honestly, the old mazda3 was already as good as a based civic or close to it, this one hasn’t been tested yet so it could very much be better.

      • Jay

        The new mazda3 isn’t competitive with the outgoing model either. The 2019 mazda3 has better styling but the outgoing model has two engine choices and manual transmission available on all trims. It also has better suspension. $28,395 to get a 6MT on the new mazda3! fail.

        • gio957 .

          The new 3 is quieter and more luxurious than the old 3 and handle just as good, its competitive to everything in the economy class. The new 3 is more expensive because it’s target is the upmarket audience . Its only uncompetitive in the sense that there is no MSP version with 200+HP. The car has not been release yet, but early indication point that the suspension won’t be an issue; not that the average buyers care, i doubt they don’t even know what a multi link suspension is.

    • Giziclown

      Mazda 3 doesn’t look mainstream to me, the Civic does.

  • Winnerx7 Shapeshifter

    181ps for a 2.0 supercharged not a lot

    • Giziclown

      50 mpg is not a lot too.

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