2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Targets 40-MPG With Added Power

2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Targets 40-MPG With Added Power

Mazda recently unveiled its new 2012 Mazda3 model, a mid-cycle update with one important change under the hood. Along with some cosmetic updates, the 3 gets Mazda’s new SkyActiv engine. At the time, Mazda was only willing to say that it was a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, targeting a 20 percent fuel economy improvement, while also adding low-end and mid-range torque.

No specific numbers are available, but according to Car & Driver a prototype version of the engine was able to make 163-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. That’s up from 148-hp and 135 lb-ft in the current 2.0-liter, and down only slightly from the larger 2.5-liter engine.

Better yet, like the prototype, Mazda is targeting a 40-mpg highway rating with 30-mpg in the city, up significantly from 25/33-mpg with the current 2.0-liter and a drastic improvement from the 22/29-mpg rating of the 2.5. Aiding the improvement is a new 6-speed automatic transmission.

Debuting first in the Mazda3, it’s also expected to become the base powerplant for the next-generation Mazda6.

The 2012 Mazda3 will go on sale this Fall.

GALLERY: 2012 Mazda3

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[Source: Car & Driver]

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  • A.J.

    Am I wrong in assuming this is Mazda’s version of the Ford 2.0L found in the Focus? Both are 2L 16V DOHC 4 cyls with valve timing on both cams with direct injection.

    I wonder if both cars will have the same transmission though.

  • Colum Wood

    Mazda hasn’t said as much, but you have to think these might be VERY similar powerplans.

  • Noelle

    It is the Mazda’s version, however Mazda developed it first and Ford and Mazda each have made their own tweaking to it.

  • drkipmpnin9

    Who cares about another gas engine, that supposed extra 40mpg means nothing! look-up hemp fuel alternatives

  • Patro

    Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies have absolutely nothing to do with Ford. Ford’s new Duratec engines that get 38mpgs are re-tooled varients of their already existing motors of which Mazda designed almost 8 years ago. Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines are a completely new design of which they developed all by themselves. Ford only has 3.5% of Mazda now, and no seats on Mazda’s board of directors nor engineers in their company.

  • Rizca

    In addition to the newly efficient transmission, the Mazda 3 2012 also has an exterior suitably updated. http://autoflazh.com/2012-mazda3-with-the-new-engine-gets-40-mpg-skyactiv-updated-exterior/