Mazda2 gets mild facelift and new SkyActiv engine

Mazda2 gets mild facelift and new SkyActiv engine

The Mazda Demio is big in Japan, and while we know it as the Mazda2 it does alright here in NZ as well. To keep things going strong the 2 has just received a minor facelift and one of Mazda’s new eco-friendly motors – a direct injection 1.3-litre SkyActiv gasoline engine.

While the updates are only for the Japanese domestic market at this stage, they show some serious intent from Mazda to lower its fuel figures. With a compression ratio of 14.0:1 and an advanced start/stop system that requires less fuel to re-initiate the combustion cycle, the 1300cc four-cylinder is set to be one of the most frugal mills around. Apparently the SkyActiv equipped Mazda2 can achieve fuel consumption as low as 4.0l/100km on the JC08 combined evaluation cycle.

To keep fuel use so low the engine uses a range of clever technology including a cooled EGR system that helps reduce knock, multi-point fuel injectors, a uniquely designed piston, dual sequential valve timing and lighter engine internals for reduced friction. It’s an advanced unit for sure, in terms of power Mazda hasn’t released any output figures yet or info on when or if, the updated Mazda2 will make it to NZ.

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