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

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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.

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.

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.

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.  

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