The third model in the Mazda line-up to feature SKYACTIV technology has been unveiled: in the form of the new Mazda3 (pictured).
The vehicle, which has sold more than 3.5million units across 120 countries, has been redesigned for 2014 and will come with a choice of new engines: the SKYACTIV-G 2.0litre petrol engine; and the SKYACTIV-G 2.5litre petrol engine. They will sit alongside the SKYACTIV-G 1.5litre and 2.5litre models; as well as the SKYACTIV-D 2.2litre diesel engine.
So how do these engines differ?
- SKYACTIV-G 1.5litre: Achieves a high compression ratio of 13.0:1 with maximum power of 115hp and maximum torque of 150Nm.
- SKYACTIV-G 2.0litre: The European version has maximum power of 162hp with maximum torque of 210Nm. There is a special fuel efficient version also available at 118hp with maximum torque of 210Nm.
- SKYACTIV-G 2.5litre: With weight reduced by 10 per cent and torque output increased by 10-15 per cent, this engine achieves a peak power of 184hp at 5,700rpm with torque at 251Nm.
- SKYACTIV-D 2.2litre: Has a low compression ratio of 14.0:1 with maximum power of 148hp and maximum torque of 380Nm.
In addition, the new Mazda3 will make use of the Mazda i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system that improves fuel economy by reducing inherent parasitic drag whenever possible. It is the first capacitor based system to power all of the vehicle's electrical components.
Fuel economy is boosted even further by the use of the SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis: making the most of lightweight, high performance materials for both strength and safety.
The models will also make use of a host of safety features and driver assistance systems including: high beam control; blind spot monitoring; a lane departure warning system; radar cruise control; smart city brake support; and forward obstruction warning.