In addition to receiving a facelift, the 2012 Mazda3 will offer the option of Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission when it goes on sale in fall of 2011. This initial application of Mazda’s SKYACTIV engine and transmission technologies will realize higher torque at low- and mid-range engine speeds.
The SKYACTIV concept of the 2012 Mazda3 includes completely new gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions and vehicle architectures. The SKYACTIV technologies focus on improving the efficiency of internal combustion core technologies in association with vehicle weight reduction. Then, gradually, electrical devices such as idle-stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems will be introduced to further improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
In addition to the new SKYACTIV engine and transmission offerings, the 2012 Mazda3 will receive new front and rear bumpers with a redesigned front grill, fog bezels and front headlamps. New 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels complete the 2012 exterior updates.
2012 Mazda3 is being offered with leather seating, or all-wheel-drive, below the $30,000 price point.