Mazda is in the middle of a product blitz that will put its Skyactiv technologies, designed to cut weight and boost fuel economy, in nearly all of its vehicles by the end of 2015.
Other changes will come quickly under a new product planning strategy. Mazda intends to update major products more often, changing powertrain technologies, interiors or body styling -- or a combination of those -- as soon as updates are available, rather than sticking to midcycle changes in a vehicle generation's third year of sales.
The Mazda6 and CX-5, for instance, will get new interiors and updated front fascias next year, roughly 18 months after the redesigned Mazda6 went on sale and about two years since the CX-5's debut.
Mazda has a redesigned CX-9 crossover arriving for the 2016 model year and hopes to make a design statement with the next-generation MX-5 Miata.
Here are highlights of Mazda's product plan through the 2017 model year.
Mazda2: A redesigned Mazda2 is to go on sale in the second half of 2014 for the 2015 model year. The second generation of Mazda's subcompact will ride on a new platform with a Mazda Skyactiv powertrain.
Under the hood will be a small-displacement -- likely 1.4 to 1.6 liters -- four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection.
The Mazda2's interior will be an evolution of that in the 2014 Mazda3 that goes on sale this fall, and a significant improvement from the utilitarian appointments in the current Mazda2. The Mazda2 that went on sale in the United States three years ago was the midcycle update of the Mazda2 sold in Europe. Mazda's U.S. product planning team worked on the next-generation model from start to finish.
Mazda3: A redesigned Mazda3 goes on sale this fall for the 2014 model year. The third generation of Mazda's perennial best-seller incorporates the full suite of Mazda's Skyactiv technologies. Engine offerings include 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinders combined with six-speed Skyactiv automatic or manual transmissions, though Mazda3s equip-ped with the larger engine will be available only with automatics at launch.
Mazda has stuck with its four-door sedan and five-door hatchback strategy for the 2014 model year redesign. A diesel engine may be added to the Mazda3 powertrain lineup, but the company wants to see how American buyers respond to the diesel-powered Mazda6.
A high-performance MazdaSpeed3 has yet to get the green light. Production of the MazdaSpeed3 ended this summer.