Mazda sheds light on future of engine technology and hatchback design

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 4:52 pm
A photo of the redesigned Mazda3 in silhouette.

Is the new Mazda3 getting a diesel engine?

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news about a potential redesign for the Mazda3, at least for the hatchback version. Today, the automaker confirmed that news and the world will get its first look at the updated hatchback later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The initial presentation will take place on Nov. 28. The Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog will be closely monitoring various sources to bring you new photos as soon as we can. There is some more exciting news to report. The new Mazda3 is getting a diesel engine and we’ve learned some of its secrets. We don’t have an exact release date for the new Mazda3 just yet, but it will likely won’t be available before the 2020 model year.

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How does Mazda’s diesel engine work?

The new Mazda engine will carry on the automaker’s SKYACTIV® label and has been dubbed, SKYACTIV®-X. In the old days, diesel engines were loud and marked by billowing choking black smoke from the vehicle’s exhaust system. Mazda isn’t in the business of polluting the air, so engineers have found a way to make naturally-efficient diesel technology as clean as possible. According to Mazda, the key to a cleaner diesel engine is to make sure it burns more efficiently.

Mazda calls its new technology Spark Controlled Ignition. What sets it apart from normal diesel ignition system is it employs a kind of spark plug – something not normally found in this kind of powertrain. The “spark plug” ignites a fuel-rich mixture which causes compression of another diesel-air mix that then ignites. According to an article on Jalopnik (embedded here), this method of igniting the vehicle’s fuel causes it to be burned more completely. By burning more of the fuel, fewer dirty emissions are released into the atmosphere.

Exact performance specifications and fuel economy scores have yet to be published, but both are expected to be an improvement over what the gasoline engine will have an offer. However, it appears that only the top-of-the-line trim grades of the redesigned Madza3 will be equipped with the new diesel engine.

Be sure to check back with the Gwatney Mazda Blog for more information about the new Madza3, new Mazda diesel engine and the rest of the lineup. You don’t have to wait around to experience the latest the automaker has to offer. Schedule a test drive with one of our product experts today.

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