The European press launch of the all-new Mazda3 recently took place on the scenic roads in and around Lisbon, Portugal.
The event was a good opportunity for the automaker to release full specifications and a huge photo gallery with its new compact model in European specification (though the sedan featured in the gallery is in US specification). Jumping right to the point, the 2019 Mazda3 will offer three engines in Europe, two gasoline units and a diesel.
Replacing the previous generation’s 1.5-liter and 2.2-liter diesel engines, the new Skyactiv-D 1.8-liter turbo diesel delivers 116 PS (114 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque at 1,600-2,600 rpm. Unsurprisingly, the diesel engine is the economy champion — at least until the specs for the Skyactiv-X engine are out. Combined fuel consumption (WLTP) is as low as 4.7 liters/100 km (58.8 mpg UK), with corresponding CO2 emissions of 130 g/km.
The engine comes equipped with a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC) system which is said to convert nitrous oxide back into harmless nitrogen, dramatically reducing NOx emissions. The Skyactiv-D 1.8 also features a Rapid Multi-stage Combustion technique responsible for shortening the combustion period and reducing knock noises.
Skyactiv-G 2.0 and Skyactiv-X gasoline engines are assisted by mild hybrid systems
Moving on to the Skyactiv-G 2.0 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, it produces 122 PS (120 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm (157 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Thanks to Mazda’s new M Hybrid 24V mild hybrid system that features a 600 kJ lithium-ion battery and a DC-DC converter, as well as cylinder deactivation technology, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers improved fuel economy and low particulate matter exhaust emissions. WLTP-rated average fuel consumption is as low as 6.0 l/100 km (47.1 mpg UK), with CO2 emissions of 136 g/km.
Finally, the most anticipated engine is the Skyactiv-X unit with compression ignition combustion technology that debuts in the 2019 Mazda3. Mazda doesn’t reveal the specs yet but we do know from Mazda Slovakia that it puts out 181 PS (178.5 horsepower) and 222 Nm (164 lb-ft) of torque. As with the regular Skyactiv-G engine, it’s assisted by the M Hybrid system. Scheduled for launch later in 2019, the new power plant promises to offer “the superior initial response and fuel economy usually associated with diesel engines.”
All three engines are mated to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic in Europe, with the Skyactiv-X to be also available with the i-Activ AWD system (only with the hatchback). All models offer G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) for improved handling and grip.