2019 Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-X Engine Specs and Availability
A lot of buzz has been made about the SKYACTIV®-X, which is the next generation of engines from Mazda following the current SKYACTIV®-G generation. However, many were sad to hear that the SKYACTIV®-X engine would not be made available to American drivers upon the release of the 2019 Mazda3. However, we now have new information on that front, both detailing the specs and the release date of the SKYACTIV®-X engine for American audiences.
Before we continue, we must specify that this information is from a Europen Mazda facility and has not been officially confirmed for Mazda USA production. European and American car production can vary greatly, even when under the same brand and company, so please take everything we explore today with a grain of salt.
2019 Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-X Engine Power Output
The information on the 2019 Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-X engine comes from Slovakia and is therefore in metric. Converted, this means a 2019 Mazda3 with a SKYACTIV®-X engine will roughly produce 178.5 horsepower and 163.7 lb-ft of torque if this source is to be believed.
Drivers may notice that this is slightly less power output than the standard 2019 Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-G engine, which we’ll cover in further detail below. This is true, but the primary goal of the SKYACTIV®-X engine development was not to increase its power output. It was first and foremost developed to improve upon control and efficiency, providing a much more dynamic and smooth driving experience.
What 2019 Mazda3 Trims have the SKYACTIV®-X Engine?
According to European documents, the SKYACTIV®-X engine will be made available with the 2019 Mazda3 GT and 2019 Mazd3 GT Plus trims. However, that leads to one big problem. Mazda recently announced the pricing levels of the 2019 Mazda3 for its upcoming American release, and none of this information included a GT trim. This leaves us with a few options:
- The GT trim of the 2019 Mazda3 will release in the USA at a later time.
- There is no GT trim because the SKYACTIV®-X engine will not be coming to American audiences.
- The GT trim is a title exclusive to the European market and the SKYACTIV®-X engine will be made available on a differently titled 2019 Mazda3 trim in America.
If the latter option is the case, the SKYACTIV®-X engine will very likely be an exclusive engine option on higher trims of the 2019 Mazda3. The currently announced packages of the 2019 Mazda3 dictate feature inclusions and drivetrain options and are as follows:
- 2019 Mazda3
- 2019 Mazda3 Select
- 2019 Mazda3 Preferred
- 2019 Mazda3 Premium
When Will the SKYACTIV®-X Engine be Available?
The 2019 Mazda3 will be releasing in the USA soon, generally theorized to be March 2019. Upon release, the 2019 Mazda3 will be equipped with a new, standard 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.
Additional SKYACTIV®-G engine options and a SKYACTIV®-D diesel engine will be made available in May 2019.
If it does come to the USA, the SKYACTIV®-X engine will be made available in June 2019.
For more information on the 2019 Mazda3 and the next-generation SKYACTIV®-X engine, please check out our blog and contact us. The Mazda of Lodi staff can be reached online, by phone, or in person with a visit to our dealership in Lodi, New Jersey.