NEW YORK -- Mazda will join the 40-mpg club when the freshened 2012 Mazda3 goes on sale in late summer with a new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection engine and new transmission.
The new powertrain is part of Mazda's coming family of SkyActiv technologies -- new engines, transmissions, chassis and frame technology designed to cut weight and boost fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Mazda3 sedan with the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine and SkyActiv automatic transmission will get 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway, Mazda said today. That's up from the 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway rating of the 2011 Mazda3's 2.0-liter engine.
Mazda unveiled the freshened Mazda3 at the New York auto show today. The car will still be offered with its base 2.0-liter and higher-power 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines.
Mazda has yet to set pricing for the new SkyActiv engine or decide how to package the new engine and transmission within the Mazda3's trim lineup, said Robert Davis, senior vice president of product development for Mazda North America.
But because the non-GDI 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter will still be offered, the new SkyActiv engine is expected to be at least a midlevel upgrade from the base Mazda3's 2.0-liter.
Also at the show is Mazda's Minagi concept, which the company said today is a close-to-production version of its CX-5 compact crossover scheduled to go on sale next year.
The CX-5 will succeed the Mazda Tribute and be built on a new C-segment platform to be used only by Mazda, whereas the Tribute is basically a rebadged Ford Escape.
The small crossover also will use Mazda's SkyActiv technologies.