Mazda intends to introduce the world’s first commercial petrol engine using compression ignition in 2019, it has been announced.
The next-generation engine is to be called SKYACTIV-X and is part of Mazda’s larger “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” strategy, a new ‘long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030’.
Mazda claims the new SKYACTIV-X engine will be up to 20-30 per cent more efficient than the current SKYACTIV-G, and from 35-45 per cent over Mazda’s 2008 gasoline engine of the same displacement, as well as equalling or exceeding the latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.
Mazda also said that with compression ignition and a supercharger fitted not only will it improve fuel economy, but together it will deliver “unprecedented engine response” and increase torque 10-30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine.
‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’
In addition as part of “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”, Mazda revealed it will start introducing electric vehicles from 2019 – as well as other electric drive technologies – and will begin testing of autonomous driving technologies, currently being developed in line with Mazda’s human-centered Mazda Co-Pilot Concept, aiming to make the system standard on all models by 2025.
Furthermore it wants to develop more advanced safety technologies and promote the further standardization of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features outside of Japan.
Finally, Mazda says it wants to reduce corporate average “well-to-wheel” carbon dioxide emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and achieve a 90-percent reduction by 2050.
Summarising what “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” will mean, Mazda said;
“Under the original ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom’ vision announced in 2007, the company has striven to offer both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance. In light of the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry, the new vision takes a longer-term perspective and sets out how Mazda will use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society.”