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Spied: Next-gen Mazda 3 mule testing Skyactiv-X engine

Spied: Next-gen Mazda 3 mule testing Skyactiv-X engine image

Jose Altoveros / Carpix for Autoindustriya.com | September 05, 2017 13:09

Mazda uses next-gen Mazda 3 test mule for Skyactiv-X real-world testing

Previously, Mazda announced that they are developing a new engine type called Skyactiv-X. Set to be introduced in 2019, the Skyactiv-X, which uses Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI) is said to combine the fuel efficiency of a diesel engine but without the emssions. As its introduction draws near, its no surprise that the first test mule has been seen by our spies undergoing testing.

Spied: Next-gen Mazda 3 mule testing Skyactiv-X engine

Despite looking like a current model Mazda 3, the prototype seen here has been treated to a flat black camouflage look. It does however have Skyactiv-X stickered on to the side, meaning this Mazda 3 mule is currently powered by Mazda's next-generation engine.

Spied: Next-gen Mazda 3 mule testing Skyactiv-X engine

Mazda previously mentioned that the Skyactiv-X will make its debut in the all-new Mazda 3 in 2019. With that in mind, our spies say that the vehicle seen here is likely the next-generation Mazda 3 underneath but still uses the current-gen 3 body as a disguise. This probably is further supported with the slightly widened rear fender and the revised fuel cap design. Unfortunately, it does not reveal anything about the new car.

Spied: Next-gen Mazda 3 mule testing Skyactiv-X engine

With the Mazda already undergoing tests of the new Skyactiv-X engine, do expect to see a well-camouflaged car using its production body within the upcoming months. Furthermore, our spies says that the Skyactiv-X will likely be used on other Mazda models later on as well.