Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

The Next Mazda 3 Is Getting a Compression-Ignition Skyactiv-X Engine

The Next Mazda 3 Is Getting a Compression-Ignition Skyactiv-X Engine

Mazda has released teaser images previewing two concept cars it will debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

With a short rear deck, elongated bonnet and pumped rear wheelarches it certainly looks more athletic - and rear-driven - than Mazda's current mid-sizer, but remember that the Mazda Shinari concept of 2010 sported similar proportions. Mazda has simply said that this concept will be a design study to showcase how the company's Kodo design theme will evolve going forward.

The design concept will feature styling cues will "define the next generation of Mazda design". It will utilize the automaker's new Skyactiv-X compression ignition engine and will also ride on a new platform called Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture.

The Mazda stand at the show will also be presenting the CX-8, the firm's latest crossover, which will launch on the Japanese market before the end of this year, and the limited-edition Mazda MX-5 Red Top series, which is distinguished by a cherry red roof and auburn Nappa leather upholstery.

Mazda has announced that they will be showing off two new concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show this year and while it does say that it is only a contact, there is a reason why we should be excited about it. With the Mazda 3 that's now on sale having launched in 2013, expect the Tokyo Show auto to morph into something more production-ready next year before launching globally in 2019. However, the engines SkyActive-X, as before will be equipped with spark plugs, they will be used under heavy loads.

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