We’re wondering if this was mistaken or deliberate.
Mazda made quite the splash when several years ago, it revealed that it was working on compression-ignition petrol engines, marrying diesel-style combustion but using a spark plug as a backup plan. In theory, it was supposed to offer the power & refinement of petrol power, but the fuel consumption of a diesel mill.
Today, SkyActiv-X is no longer a theory. Proven and production-ready, it’s debuted properly on the new Mazda 3 that was revealed several months ago. Despite the fact that the new X engines might revolutionise the business of internal combustion, Mazda remained curiously mum about power outputs, fuel consumption figures, and drivelines.
But thanks to some information on their Slovakian website, we now at least know the power output. It seems that the SkyActiv-X engines employed in Europe will put out a rated 133kW and 222Nm, and will be mated to either and automatic or manual transmission. Power can also be sent to either just the front wheels or to all-four corners, depending on selected driveline.
Further information on the Slovakian-spec Mazda 3s show that their market will also receive down-tuned versions of the current SkyActiv-G 2.0 mills (rated at 90kW and 213Nm), as well as SkyActiv-D diesel engines. Locally we can expect to see the two petrol mills (SkyActiv-G and SkyActiv-X), though Mazda Australia has not been entirely forthcoming regarding the specifications we can expect when the new Mazda 3 lands in the middle of this year.