Next-gen Mazda 3 to feature spark-less ignition engine
Mazda Motor Corporation announced today it will unveil two new concept models at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, “one that heralds the company’s next-generation products and another that embodies the direction of the company’s next-generation design”. Mazda will also display the SKYACTIV-X next-generation engine, which is the first gasoline unit capable of spark-less ignition.
The product concept model, a compact hatchback that resembles the Mazda 3, “fuses next-generation technology and design,” says Mazda in its press release. “It adopts SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture, next-generation technologies that apply a human-centered design philosophy for optimal functionality, and is powered by the SKYACTIV-X”.
The automaker builds the current Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback versions at an assembly plant located in Salamanca, Guanajuato, where there’s also an adjacent engine production facility. However, there’s no confirmation that either the next-generation Mazda 3 and the Skyactiv-X engines will be manufactured in Mexico.
As for the design vision model, Mazda says it “embodies the concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda design, resulting in a more profound expression of the globally-acclaimed KODO design language Mazda debuted on the Mazda CX-5 in 2012”.
The Mazda CX-8, a new three-row crossover SUV that goes on sale in Japan in December, and a special edition Mazda Roadster (MX-5) Red Top featuring a dark cherry red canopy and auburn Nappa leather upholstery will also be on display at the show.