2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X First Drive

Mazda presented their new 2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X prototype in Tokyo motor show and gave us a preview of the upcoming model. The new fourth-generation model that was made to bring great economy and best possible performance abilities. Beside new engine, 2019 Mazda 3 will use completely new Mazda chassis as well.

The company evolved own design language named “Kodo” in order to herald a new generation of a vehicle. But the next-generation Mazda 3 will become the first car to feature Skyactiv-X engine and also Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture.

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X front

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X – Exterior and Interior Changes

The forthcoming 2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X received more athletic dimensions than on the previous models. The front fascia and front grille are all-new. Because of the new grille, Mazda logo is placed in the middle of that grille. In order to add some more aggression, the manufacturer offers an optional appearance package. With this package, you can black out your new Mazda 3, including mirrors, spoiler, and a rear diffuser.

Even that Mazda 3 is a highly practical vehicle, from year to year, the manufacturer is focusing more on front seat surrounding. That means the rear-seat spacing is suffering a little bit. The cabin is refined and it gives a warm feeling. All trims are owning 7-inch screen. It may look like a tablet, but it’s not a touchscreen. What was considered as optional equipment, now is a standard.

Cupholders are well placed and easy to reach, and more elegant gauge central tachometer is added. Mazda 3 will also feature digital speedometer. Dual-zone automatic climate control is available as well. The seat is made out of leather and it includes seat heating and air vents.
The 2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X prototype will use Mazda Connect infotainment system. This system is highly intuitive and easy to use, but his slow responsiveness is the main problem.

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X interior

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X – Engine Specifications

Like the athlete is training hard to hit the ball further with less effort, Mazda’s Skyactiv technology is doing the same. However, instead of strengthening car muscles and put more hard work, the goal is to reach full potential by thinking smarter. The goal is to feel connected and in control.

Right, Mazda is offering two engines, both with Skyactive system. The Sports model will use a 2.0 liter inline-4 and it can produce 155 hp and 145lb-ft of torque. The second engine is made for Touring model. A 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that can produce up to 184 hp and 180lb-ft of torque. However, 2.0-liter engine is a good performer but 2.5-liter engine has better fuel economy. It comes with a 25mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway. Both engines are 6-speed and with the front-wheel drive, while manual or automatic transmission is optional.

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X side

2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X – Cost and Debut

Mazda is trying to hold the price for every new vehicle they put on the market. Having that in mind, it is expected that the 2019 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-X will cost around $26,000. The rumor is that brand new Mazda 3 will hit the market in the first weeks of 2019.

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