The Mazda3 SkyActiv-X hatchback will arrive in the United Kingdom in October with a £23,555 ($29,252/€26,075) starting price. The saloon will also make its local debut this fall with the new mill and the 114 HP SkyActiv-D diesel.
The SkyActiv-X versions are using a revolutionary 2.0-liter four-cylinder that features the highest compression ratio for a production petrol engine in the world. It produces 180 PS (177 hp / 132 kW), can be paired to either a manual or an automatic transmission and has a combined fuel economy of 52.3 mpg UK (5.4 lt/100 km / 43.5 mpg US).
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For the first time since the 323, Mazda is also offering four-wheel drive in a compact model. It will be available solely in the five-door GT Sport Tech, while the Sport, Sport Lux and GT Sport grades come with front-wheel drive.
The 2020 Mazda3 Sport SkyActiv-X gets rear privacy glass, a frameless rearview mirror and chrome detailing. The Sport Lux sports keyless entry, heated front seats and a reversing camera, while the GT Sport adds black leather seats with power adjustment, heated steering wheel and Bose premium sound system. Finally, the GT Sport Tech is packed with a suite of extra safety equipment, such as the Driver Monitoring System and 360-degree cameras.
The GT Sport and GT Sport Tech hatchback can also be ordered with the £200 ($248/€221) Burgundy leather option, whereas the saloon can be specified with Stone leather for the same price.
On the outside, every trim level of the Mazda3 SkyActiv-X, except the Sport, is differentiated by the wider exhaust tailpipes and 18-inch alloy wheels.