23 November 2018
Hawke's Bay Today
The fourth generation Mazda 3 will make its world premiere when the Los Angeles Auto Show opens with press days on November 28-29.
Mazda recently released a "teaser" image that hints at design elements of both the hatchback and sedan body styles. Mazda says the fourth generation Mazda 3 adopts a more mature interpretation of the "Kodo Soul of Motion" design theme that embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics.
The design also reflects the appearance of the Mazda Kai Concept that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017.
Mazda is promising the performance attributes have been raised to a new level with a nextgeneration SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture and the latest SkyActiv engines.
The Kai Concept appeared at the 2017 Tokyo show with the next generation SkyActiv-X engine technology that features Mazda's proprietary combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI).
SkyActiv-X is set to become the world's first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition. SPCCI overcomes the long-standing issue of maximising the zone in which compression ignition is possible and realises a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.
With this new combustion method, the SkyActiv-X delivers unprecedented engine response and increases torque by 10-30 per cent over the current SkyActiv-G engine. Compression ignition also enables a super lean burn phase that improves engine efficiency up to 20-30 per cent over the current SkyActiv-G.
The high efficiency characteristics of the SkyActiv-X engine across a wide range of speed and load also allows much more latitude in the selection of gear ratios and achieves the two seemingly contradictory benefits of superior fuel economy and driving performance.
The debut of the next Mazda 3 means Mazda's small-medium size car family is jumping the queue in the model renewal sequence.
Mazda introduced its new generation models and naming nomenclature when the Mazda6 (Atenza) debuted in 2002 while the first generation Mazda 3 (Axela) followed a year later. Both model ranges are currently sold in their third generation with the Mazda 3 set to be the first of the gen-four model lines.
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from November 30 until December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.