Mazda holding new engine technology for a little bit longer

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 5:50 pm
A photo of the SKYACTIV Technology label used on the automaker's engines.

Which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X engine?

The ultimate goal of the automotive industry is to build vehicles that meet the needs of its owners, can protect them in the event of an accident and do all of that in as a fuel-efficient manner as possible. Mazda has made huge advancements in all of those areas, especially the last of that list. The automaker is currently developing new engine architecture that is reported to offer more performance and better fuel economy scores. It is being called ‘SKYACTIV®-X.’ So, which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X? According to an article from the automotive news website, Jalopnik, it doesn’t look like Mazda is ready to put it into production just yet. Let’s take a look at what the article had to say.

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What is special about SKYACTIV®-X?

There are a couple of things that set the SKYACTIV®-X apart from the Mazda engine technology that it currently uses. The primary innovation that the new technology will use is called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition.

It provides a spark using a fuel-air mixture that has a higher ratio of fuel to ignite the regular mixture lower in the cylinder. There are a lot of dense engineering concepts behind this technology, but the result is reported to be a smaller engine that produces more power than the existing 2.0-liter engine as well as 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy.

In fact, the article’s author, Justin T. Westbrook, was able to drive a vehicle using a SKYACTIV®-X prototype engine and it was stated to make 187 horsepower, matching the output of the Mazda 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine currently employed throughout the automaker’s lineup.

Why isn’t this being used yet?

According to Westbrook’s article, Mazda is still developing the SKYACTIV®-X engine. This is such a game-changer that Mazda wants to make sure they will be able to get the most out of the power plant. They are experimenting with various tuning configurations that could provide more power and/or more fuel economy.

If you’d like to see what Mazda has to offer, make an appointment with a Gwatney Mazda of Germantown product expert today.

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