This Japanese carmaker is well-known for its excellent powertrains. But, the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype is about to impress you even more. The company develops a new gasoline engine, which is currently in a prototype stage.
Just like with the current generation of Skyactiv engines, Mazda won’t follow moderns downsizing trends. The new engine will continue with a familiar displacement of 2.0 liters. On the other side, we will see many new technologies installed in this engine, which promises even better characteristics. Besides more power, the company also claims a 30% better overall efficiency compared to the current 2.0-liter unit.
The first engine that will get this new engine is next generation of the Mazda 3. It is about to come in a year or two. The test model has been spotted in Germany, and we believe that the new model will continue to amaze us with quality.
Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype original plans
Briefly, Mazda originally wanted to create an engine that will combust ultra-lean gasoline/air mixtures. However, they had several issues with this technology. It requires pretty complex control of air and fuel mixture, a temperature in each cylinder etc. Instead of that, the new engine is using a spark plug as a combustion control, which gives pretty much the same results as HCCI engine. The new engine mixes air and fuel during the intake stroke, but then injects a second dollop of fuel just before the power stroke and ignites it using the spark plug.
This provides such amazing results, so it is no wonder that everybody has great expectations for this engine. The first application will be in the company’s famous compact hatchback Mazda 3. But, it should be later available in all models that this manufacturer has on the offer.
Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype performances
Although we didn’t get any official information yet, the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype meets numbers of the bigger 2.5-liter engine in terms of power. This prototype version features a max power of 188 horses and 170 pound-feet of torque. This is much more compared to the current 155 horses and even slightly more compared to the 2.5-liter unit, which is good for 184 horsepower. Besides more power, we will see a significantly better fuel economy and overall fuel efficiency. The company’s spokesman claims a 30% better efficiency compared to the current 2.0-liter unit.
Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the new Mazda 3 arrives to see new numbers in real life. In a further development, we expect to see a bigger and more powerful engine with new technology, but maybe even some smaller unit, designed for compacts and subcompacts.
Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype production costs
Besides a significant improvement in terms of performances and efficiency, the Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype will also provide big money savings for the company. The current prototype model is completely new. It doesn’t feature anything from the previous-generation engine, not a single component. Even on this occasion, it will cost just a little above the current gasoline powertrain. On the other side, it will still cost significantly less than a 2.2-liter diesel engine. Simply, a diesel engine requires more expensive emissions equipment and sturdier engine block design. So, this will surely make a great impact on prices of new production models, which should remain in a similar range.
Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype in production cars
The first model that will come with the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X HCCI engine prototype will be a legendary compact hatchback. The next generation of the Mazda 3 is in the testing stage and it will come in a year or two. The new model has been spotted in Germany, since early prototypes are allowed here, unlike in Japan.
The new model will besides new engine come with many other novelties. Even the current version is praised for its amazing quality and it is definitely one of the best hatchbacks in the world, if not the best. For this occasion, we will see a completely new styling, similar to the new CX-5, but many other novelties too. Besides amazing driving characteristics, the new model will also offer more power, better economy etc. The new generation of this hatchback is in the early test phase and will come in two years.