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2019 Mazda 3 does not let the enthusiasts down

The new 2019 Mazda 3 is not just another slim compact car (which we desperately need in today's market). It…

The new 2019 Mazda 3 is not just another slim compact car (which we desperately need in today’s market). It is now also packed with Mazda’s very fine spark-controlled compression ignition engine, called Skyactiv-X. And also a manual transmission! Praise the Lord!

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The Skyactiv-X engine works by using a process called Mazda called Spark Controlled Compression Lighting – essentially a spark plug lighting of a local rich blend of fuel and air to create a fireball that compresses the lean mixture through the rest of the cylinder, giving spontaneous ignition. It’s a fascinating concept that promises the efficiency of a diesel engine.

The new 3 strongly resembles the Kai concept that we saw back in 2017. It carries Mazda’s current business face, but the Kodo design is so good that this hardly matters at all. It sits on a brand new platform called Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which Mazda claims makes riding in the car feel “feeling as natural and stress-free as walking on your own two feet.”

The interior is elegant and minimalist, giving a much more sophisticated look than current competitors. I can not tell you how the material feels like the pictures. I have to lose my knees if I can ever drive it to see how real quality it is. There is also a new interior fabric called Greige, one (you guessed) blend of gray and beige.

Sound as visibility will also be decent; The A-pillar has been designed to minimize blind spots so drivers do not have to spend so much time craning around them to look left and right of the car.

And yes there will be a manual alternative. Mazda says the shift lever has shifted forward and elevated so it’s closer to the wheel, a feature we praised in the 1980 Mazda RX-7. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

However, it is unclear which engine trim will be linked to the manual. We hope it’s the engine with the good specifications, as most other car manufacturers only offer their manuals on the base. When we dropped for comments, we were only told that a manual would be “available”, but specific trimmer and engines that go with it have not been announced yet.

Engine options include 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 liter versions of the latest Skyactiv-G engine. There will also be a Skyactiv-D 1.8-liter diesel engine, like Mazda’s revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine. The Holy Grail engine has huge profits in the fuel economy, but Mazda has not disclosed these numbers yet. No performance specifications were offered at this time either.

But for the first time ever, Mazda 3 will have all-wheel drive. Forward torque weights and brake tipping steering are said to help increase stability and reduce overall mechanical loss by almost 60 percent over the outgoing model and also help improve fuel economy

Mazda also did not announce pricing for new 3 so we have to wait and take find out later. In any case, we are pleased to see that the company is still investing in fun. We can not wait to get behind the wheel.

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