The new development of the Japanese car company sounds strange enough, but should be an interesting competition for the world of electric vehicles
Diesel engines (and probably internal combustion engines in general) do not have a particularly positive reputation in the modern automotive market, following the fake scandal of the Volkswagen Group's effects whose effects can be seen in a variety of places in the industry today - but in Japan Mazda are confident they have found a way to keep these technologies relevant In the evolving race against the green and economical electric motors.
It's called Skyactive X, and this new engine technology is supposed to create more powerful gasoline vehicles that will benefit from the same efficiency as the diesel but without the addition of its increased emissions.
Gasoline engines and diesel engines differ in the way they ignite the fuel to cause the pistons to move and rotate the wheels. Gasoline engines use relatively moderate air compression, precise injection of fuel, and ignition of the mixture with a dedicated spark, while diesel engines are compressed more fuel and air Ignition without the need for any external element (which allows to produce more energy than the same amount of flammable liquid). Mazda developed a method to ignite gasoline by compressing the fuel and air mixture, and combined the technology with the use of the same sparks to help intelligently at a time when compression does not produce the required effect (when the vehicle is only driven and the engine is still cold).
The company claims that this method can increase by about 10 to 20 percent of the torque generated by the engine (combined with supercharger) compared to other standard gasoline engines, as well as increase by 20 to 30 percent the efficiency of the engine operations, similar to the built-in advantage in the field For diesel engines on gasoline engines. The best of all worlds - at least on paper.
The first vehicles with the Skyactive-X engines are expected to reach the market in 2019, with the veteran manufacturer declaring that it will not be offered to any other competing vehicle manufacturer at this stage. The company also continues to develop future technologies for hybrid and electric vehicles in full, but at the same time believe that their new gasoline technology will allow its internal combustion to remain part of our automotive world in the foreseeable future, for better or for worse. Hopefully this will work as promised, because any improvement in the efficiency of our cars is most welcome for us, regardless of the technology under the hood.