Next Mazda3 May Snub Turbo-HCCI For FCEV!

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After seeing the 2018 Mazda6 coming out with a 2.5L turbocharged SkyActiv engine as a powertrain option, many have speculated that the next-gen Mazda3 will be getting the same treatment.

Well, if the latest rumours are to be referred to, this is unlikely to happen at all because the next-gen Mazda3 is going to experiment with FCEV technology.

The word is that the 2019 Mazda3 will get released late next year and its design will be very close to the Kai Concept. Furthermore, the Mazda3 will be offered primarily with the new SkyActiv-X HCCI engine which promises significant improvements in both power and fuel economy.

The surprising bit here is with the FCEV claims that will come with the Mazda3. The reports are saying that the Mazda3 will have a low-production variant that will run on FCEV.

The move is intended at testing out the available FCEV technology while also studying its feasibility. Even if this is true, we would prefer to see it as Mazda being pressured by the Japanese government to join the push for FCEVs because that was how Toyota, Honda and Nissan got into the FCEV frame.

It will be interesting on what sort of FCEV setup which the one-off, limitedly produced Mazda3 will adopt. If it works out well for the carmaker, could we then be seeing the rumoured RX-9 to make an attempt at hydrogen-powered rotary mill?