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SkyActiv (branded as SKYACTIV) is a brand name for a series of technologies developed by Mazda which increase fuel efficiency and engine output. The initial announcement of the SkyActiv technologies included new engines, transmissions, body, and chassis, which appeared in Mazda products from 2011.[1][2][3]

The Mazda Sky concept[edit]

The precursor of SkyActiv, which featured a Mazda Sky-G 2.3-litre direct injection petrol engine, a Mazda Sky-D 2.2-litre diesel engine, a Sky-Drive automatic transmission, a Mazda Kiyora with Sky-G 1.3 engine and Sky-Drive automatic transmission, was unveiled at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2008.[4][5] The SkyActiv concept features a revised suspension geometry, improved automatic and manual transmission, and various improvements to Mazda's L- engine such as direct injection, upgraded exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio for cleaner burn and higher thermal efficiency, etc. Mazda's previous chassis for the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 were carried over to the new vehicles.


Mazda SKY-G in Tokyo Motor Show 2009.jpg
Also called
  • Sky-G
  • SkyActiv-P
  • 1,298 cc (79.2 cu in)
  • 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in)
  • 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in)
  • 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in)
Cylinder bore
  • 71.0 mm (2.80 in)
  • 74.5 mm (2.93 in)
  • 83.5 mm (3.29 in)
  • 89.0 mm (3.50 in)
Piston stroke
  • 82.0 mm (3.23 in)
  • 85.8 mm (3.38 in)
  • 91.2 mm (3.59 in)
  • 100.0 mm (3.94 in)
Block materialAluminum
Head materialAluminum
Compression ratio
  • 13.0:1
  • 14.0:1
Fuel systemPetrol direct injection
Fuel typePetrol
Oil systemWet sump
Cooling systemWater-cooled

The SkyActiv-G or formerly Sky-G[6] is a family of direct injection petrol engines. The engine compression ratio is increased to 14.0:1 To reduce the risk of engine knock at high compression, residual gas is reduced by using 4-2-1 engine exhaust systems, implementing a piston cavity, and optimizing fuel injection. In addition, combustion duration is shortened by intensifying air flow, increasing injection pressure, and using multi-hole injectors.

It features an all-aluminum construction with chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with VVT and gasoline direct injection; with direct ignition, it meets ULEV emission standards. SkyActiv-G engines for the U.S. market have a lower compression ratio of 13:1 allowing them to operate on standard instead of premium fuel with an approximate 3-5 percent reduction in torque and fuel economy.[7]

Generation 1[edit]

1.3 L[edit]

The SkyActiv-G 1.3 is a variant with 1,298 cc (79 cu in) engine displacement and features a 71.0 mm (2.80 in) bore and a 82.0 mm (3.23 in) stroke. The engine was unveiled at the 2011 Automotive Engineering Exposition.[8][9]

Five Mazda engineers were awarded the 2011 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal on April 20, 2012 specifically for the "development of a petrol engine (1.3 L) with a super-high compression ratio and achieving fuel efficiency of 30 km per litre (under Japan's 10-15 cycle)".[10] The engine was first used in the Mazda2 13-SkyActiv.[11][12]

It is rated at 62 kW and 113 N·m.[13]


1.5 L [edit]

The SkyActiv-G 1.5, or (P5-VPS) for RWD applications and (F-P5) for FWD applications, is a 1496 cc engine with a 74.5 mm (2.93 in) bore and a 85.8 mm (3.38 in) stroke.

This 4 cylinder engine was introduced in the 14MY Mazda3 for the Asian and European markets, it develops 85 kW (114 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm (Asia Markets). This new petrol engine added to the SkyActiv line-up achieves a high compression ratio of 13.0:1 (14.0:1 in some markets). It greatly improves dynamic performance and fuel economy over the MZR 1.5 engine of the previous model. It should be noted that the Mazda MX-5 version of the engine in the Australian market with the same 13:1 compression ratio requires 95 RON fuel, has a higher redline and is rated at 96 kW (129 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm. It also produces slightly more emissions and has slightly less fuel economy as a result.[14]


2.0 L [edit]

The SkyActiv-G 2.0 or (PE-VPS) was the first engine in the SkyActiv-G family to be produced.

This engine features an engine displacement of 1,998 cc (2.0 L; 121.9 cu in), with a bore X stroke of 83.5 mm × 91.2 mm (3.29 in × 3.59 in). The U.S. version has a compression ratio of 13.0:1 producing 155 bhp (157 PS; 116 kW) at 6000 rpm and 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 4600 rpm.[15] In some markets, the 162 bhp (164 PS; 121 kW) and 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) of torque is available.

According to Mazda, it is more fuel efficient than the engine it replaces. Versus the engine in the 2011 Mazda3 (with an automatic transmission), they improved fuel economy from 10.2 l/100 km (23 mpg‑US) to 8.4 l/100 km (28 mpg‑US) in town, and from 7.1 l/100 km (33 mpg‑US) to 5.8 l/100 km (41 mpg‑US) on the highway compared to the 2011 model[16].

The ND MX-5 2018 facelift received an updated engine producing 181 bhp (184 PS; 135 kW) with maximum RPM raised from 6800 to 7500 rpm and includes a larger intake manifold, increased injection pressure and a new exhaust system that scavenges the cylinders quicker [17].


2.5 L [edit]

The SkyActiv-G 2.5 or (PY-VPS) is a 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) engine first used in the 2013 Mazda 6 and features a 89.0 mm (3.50 in) bore and a 100.0 mm (3.94 in) stroke.

The U.S. version with a 13.0:1 compression ratio produces 184 hp (137 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb⋅ft (251 N⋅m) of torque at 3,250 rpm.[18]

The turbocharged version produces 186 kW (250 hp) and 420 N⋅m (310 lb-ft).


Generation 2[edit]

Mazda's next-generation SkyActiv-X engine will use HCCI (homogeneous charge compression ignition) to reach a compression ratio of 16:1 instead of 14.0:1 of previous generation and is planned to be available before 2020.[19]


Fuel systemCommon rail
Fuel typeDiesel
Oil systemWet sump
Cooling systemWater-cooled
PredecessorMazda R engine
SkyActiv-D (SH-VPTR) Diesel engine(For Mazda 6)

SkyActiv-D is a family of turbocharged diesel engines, designed to comply with global emissions regulations.

To eliminate the need of NOx and particulate treatment in contemporary diesel engines, the cylinder compression ratio is reduced to 14.0:1. Cold engine start is achieved via multi-hole piezo injectors with 3 programmable injection patterns, and adoption of ceramic glow plugs. Engine misfiring is prevented via variable valve lift at exhaust, which opens exhaust valves during the intake stroke, which increases engine air temperature. The SkyActiv-D also uses a two-stage turbocharger, in which one small and one large turbo are selectively operated, according to driving conditions.

SkyActiv-D 1.5[edit]

The SkyActiv-D 1.5 (S5-DPTS/S5-DPTR) engine was first introduced in the fourth generation Mazda Demio/Mazda2. It features a compression ratio of 14.8:1.[20]


SkyActiv-D 1.8[edit]

The SkyActiv-D 1.8 (S8-DPTS/S8-DPTR) was introduced in the 2018 facelifted Mazda CX-3.[21]


SkyActiv-D 2.2[edit]

The SkyActiv-D 2.2 (SH-VPTS) engine is the first SkyActiv-D engine used in production vehicles. It was first used in the Mazda CX-5.[22][23] In the Mazda6, it produces 129 kW (173 hp) and 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft).[24] An upgraded version of the SkyActiv-D was run in the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season and helped Mazda win the GX manufacturer's championship. The engine is slated to be used again in two Lola LMP2s in the United SportsCar Series.

The CX-5 with SkyActiv-D engines were reported to have oil levels rising earlier than expected, which requires owners to check the vehicle's engine oil every 1000 kilometres or every month, but vehicles were reported to be returned to dealerships every 2000 km to prevent potential engine damage.[25] Following the oil level problem, the launch of Mazda6 with SkyActiv-D engines were delayed.[26]



In September 2016, Mazda recalled 130,000 vehicles in Japan over a defect that could lead to diesel engine failure.[27]


The SkyActiv-Drive is a family of automatic transmissions, named SKY-Drive. Mazda rejected dual-clutch technology in automatic transmissions, because the dual-clutch behavior in certain situations was sub-optimal.[28] Instead, Mazda chose to re-design the conventional automatic transmission, making the torque converter take less duty while a multi-plate clutch disengages the torque converter most of the time. The new SkyActiv automatic transmission was designed to have six gears forward, one reverse gear, a short torque converter and a clutch integrated with the torque converter.[29]


The SkyActiv-MT is a family of manual transmissions.

To achieve lighter shift effort with a short shift lever stroke, the lever ratio is increased. However, to overcome the shorter internal stroke, a small module spline is used. Shift throws are reduced by 15 percent, making it the shortest shifting of any passenger car.[citation needed]

To allow weight reduction, the triple-shafted gear train is made with reverse and first gears on the same shaft, and the use of a shorter secondary shaft.


The SkyActiv-Body is a next-generation, lightweight, highly-rigid car body, with improved crash safety performance. The SkyActiv-Body is 8% lighter and 30% more rigid than previous generations. [30]


The SkyActiv-Hybrid technology is an electric hybrid engine technology using SkyActiv-G engine with technology from Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, originally licensed for use with Sky engine for vehicles sold in 2013.[31][32]

The first retail Mazda SkyActiv-Hybrid vehicle, a Mazda3 SkyActiv-Hybrid with SkyActiv-G 2.0 engine with 14:1 compression, was unveiled in 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[33][34]


The SkyActiv-CNG engine is powered by compressed natural gas.

The first retail Mazda SkyActiv-CNG prototype vehicle, a Mazda3 SkyActiv-CNG Concept, was unveiled in 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[33][34][35][36]


The SkyActiv-R engine is the "New Generation Rotary Engine." The engine has never been released.

The first retail Mazda SkyActiv-R vehicle, a Mazda RX-Vision Concept, was unveiled in 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.[37]


First commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture ignites spontaneously when compressed by the piston.[38]

This engine targets 20-30% greater fuel efficiency by utilising homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) technology. In order to handle ignition problems caused by compression ignition, each cylinder also incorporates a spark plug featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology.[39]


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