Mazda Kai Concept
The new 2019 Mazda 3 gains plenty of tech, most notably an enormous (possibly full-width) infotainment screen, leaving very few buttons on the centre console. The car will get a more premium feel to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class, as you can see from the soft-touch plastics to go with streaks of metal trim throughout the cabin.
The biggest news about the 2019 Mazda 3 is its SkyActiv-X petrol engine, which is said to give diesel-like fuel economy thanks to what Mazda calls Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI).
It allows the engine to work in two ways – the spark plugs can operate like in any traditional petrol engine to burn the fuel, or the engine can quietly switch over to diesel-style compression ignition (where pressure, rather than spark plugs causes the fuel to burn) to improve efficiency.
This clever new tech, combined with a conservative 187 hp and 230nm of torque, will mean the supercharged 2.0-litre engine will be as efficient as a diesel, but without the sooty emissions. The car will also be available with petrol and diesel engines carried over from the outgoing model.
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