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Mazda 3 models with the brand’s new Skyactiv-X petrol engine will arrive in showrooms in October, at prices starting from £23,555.

The family hatchback is the first Mazda to be fitted with the supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. A new saloon model is set to join the Mazda 3 line-up in the autumn and that will also be offered with the Skyactiv-X.

The new engine is claimed to offer the best of both worlds – combining technology used in both petrol and diesel engines to offer petrol-like performance but with diesel economy and emissions.

Skyactiv-X is said to be the world’s first production petrol engine to use compression ignition to provide drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine with the superior response of a diesel.

Producing 180hp with 224Nm of torque, the unit has the highest compression ratio for a production petrol engine in the world, while its lean-burn capabilities produce long fuel economy and low emissions.

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Mazda 3 saloon will join ange in the Autumn.

Mazda claims fuel consumption figures of up to 51.4mpg while producing CO2 emissions of 103g/km. The car will reach 62mph from rest in eight seconds and go on to 134mph.

The powertrain joins a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel in the car’s list of engine options. It will be offered with six-speed manual or auto transmission options, while top-specification models will be available with all-wheel drive.

Trim levels range from entry-level SE-L to range-topping GT Sport Tech, while standard equipment on all cars includes LED headlights, rear parking sensors, cruise control and an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.