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Mazda3 to debut compression ignition engine

Mazda has revealed its new Mazda3 range, which debuts later today at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will launch the brand’s new ultra-efficient compression ignition technology.

The new Mazda3 will debut the Skyactiv-X compression ignition tech

Launching globally in early 2019, the fourth-generation hatchback and saloon models will be built on Mazda’s new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture – which puts the focus on coordinating individual technologies to offers more comfortable and less tiring driving – and also uses the latest iteration of the brand’s Kodo design language.

Engine line-up details are yet to be revealed but the carmaker said it would include the latest Skyactiv-G and Skyactiv-D petrols and diesels while the model will also debut the brand’s Skyactiv-X compression ignition tech. Announced a year ago, the technology is believed to be a first for a production petrol car and could bring better fuel economy than current Skyactiv-D diesels.

“The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO. “The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.