The new Mazda3 SKYACTIV will be fitted with Mazda's new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine built with an extremely high compression ratio of 12.0:1. The Mazda engineers have developed the engine to withstand such high pressures by applying cavity-top pistons and mulit-hole injectors.
The engine produces 113kW of power, at 600rpm, and 194Nm of torque, available from 4100rpm. The engine is promising to be the most efficient in its class when it debuts later this year, a feat which is, in part, thanks to a new SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission which is said to blend the key characteristics of a dual-clutch auto and a CVT auto.
Other standout elements include Mazda's version of stop/start technology called i-stop, as well as the adoption of MacPherson strut-type suspension at the front and multi-link suspension at the rear for the optimum compromise in ride and handing.
The new Mazda3 SP and Mazda3 range will go on sale in Australia later this year.