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Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X ready for production: CO2 and mpg figures released

Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X

Following the launch of the all-new Mazda 3 earlier this year, the brand is now ready to add its flagship Skyactiv-X engine to the line-up.

The new petrol powertrain is a world-first, featuring spark and compression ignition in order to provide the driveability of a powerful petrol engine and the efficiency of a diesel.

It develops 180PS and 224Nm, combined with CO2 emissions from 96g/km – making it both the most efficient and the most powerful engine in the Mazda 3 range.

Fuel economy, measured under WLTP, ranges from a combined average of 40-52mpg depending on specification and wheel size.

Mild-hybrid technology is used to help boost efficiency. The 24v system uses a small electric motor to assist the engine and recycle otherwise wasted energy during deceleration.

We drove a car with a prototype version of the engine last year, to read more click here.

The Skyactiv-X engine will be available on both the hatchback and saloon models later this year, with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

An all-wheel-drive system will also be available on the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X hatchback.

Prices and full specifications are expected to be announced next month before the car goes on sale later in the year.

To read our review of the new Mazda 3, click here.

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