Mazda has finally announced the official fuel economy and CO2 figures of its widely anticipated Skyactiv X engine, the world’s first petrol engine available in the market with both spark and compression ignition.
We have already reported that the 2.0-liter Skyactiv X four-cylinder unit produces 177hp (180PS) and 165lb-ft (224Nm) of torque but now the company is letting us know that the Mazda3 with this engine returns from 52.3 mpg UK (43.5 mpg US/5.4lt per 100km) combined and emits just 96 gr/km of CO2, depending on transmission and wheel size, per the latest WLTP tests.
By combining spark and compression ignition, Mazda claims that its new powertrain technology improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent, thanks to its super lean burn combustion. The upcoming Mazda3 Skyactiv X also features a mild-hybrid 24V system that helps it keep consumption and emissions at a minimum.
The new engine will become available on both the hatchback and the saloon models of the compact car, paired to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed auto. Mazda will also offer the option of all-wheel drive, though only with the hatchback body style.
The new Mazda3 is already available in the European market with both a petrol and a diesel engine. The new Skyactiv X derivative will sit on top of the range next month, when the company announces the official pricing and specification details.