Mazda3 dials up sports performance – yet also achieves exceptional fuel economy. This is possible because for the first time Mazda3 integrates the full suite of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
It’s a breakthrough innovation, which completely re-engineers every vehicle aspect to heighten performance and unleash greater efficiency.
SKYACTIV petrol engines
A fundamental redesign of the internal combustion engine lifts performance, while cutting fuel consumption.
The SKYACTIV-G engine features precise multi-hole direct injection to minimise fuel use, while a unique piston design enhances fuel combustion – boosting power and lowering emissions.
Reduced friction unlocks extra power, while a 4-2-1 exhaust layout improves efficiency. The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine produces 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque using as little as 5.7 litres of fuel every 100km*. The punchy 2.5 litre gives 138kW and 250Nm, with consumption as low as 6.0 L/100km*.
* Sedan automatic on Combined cycle. Fuel consumption figures based on ADR81/02 test results.
We’ve combined the best aspects of conventional automatic, continuously variable and dual clutch transmissions. So you get maximum driving fun and high efficiency. The SKYACTIV-Drive transmission couples directly with the engine over a far wider range than other automatics. This delivers a significant increase in fuel economy and a more direct, manual transmission-like power delivery and driving feel. Shifts are smooth, quick and accurate across the 6-speeds.
The manual transmission gives you the wrist-flicking shift feel of a sports car, like our iconic Mazda MX-5. Simplified internal design, plus a finely-honed shift mechanism has delivered this sensation. The 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT is much more compact and also much lighter than comparable transmissions. Match this with a significant reduction in friction and fuel economy is much improved.
We’ve re-examined every component to strengthen the sense of ‘oneness’ between car and driver. For nimble handling and refinement, the lightweight front strut and rear multi-link suspension uses firmer bushings and totally revised geometry. Innovative welding of the front and rear cross members achieves impressive stiffness with low weight. Fuel-saving electric power-assisted steering features a high ratio for quick handling, yet delivers great stability at all speeds.