Today is an exceptional day to all Mazda folks out there. Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the new facelifted Mazda Axela (known as the Mazda3 outside Japan) in Japan. This new model will be available from today at all Mazda dealerships in Japan.
The 2012 Mazda Axela is the second SKYACTIV model in Japan following the Mazda Demio (known as the Mazda2 outside Japan). The facelifted Axela come with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine and SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission. According to Mazda, this combo delivers outstanding fuel economy and exhilarating performance.
The facelifted Axela is Mazda’s first vehicle to feature the newly-developed ‘SKYACTIV-G 2.0′ direct-injection 2.0-liter gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission. SKYACTIV-DRIVE is an innovative automatic transmission that eliminates slippage and achieves a direct shift feel similar to a manual transmission. This SKYACTIV powertrain delivers an exhilarating drive with a fuel economy of 20km/litre (10-15 mode test cycle, models with 15-inch wheels).
SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine specifications
Type: water-cooled inline 4-cyliner DOHC 16-valve
Displacement: 1.997 litres
Bore x stroke: 83.5mm x 91.2mm
Compression ratio: 12:1
Max. Power: 113kW (154ps) @ 6,000rpm
Max. Torque): 194Nm (19.8 kgf/m) @ 4,100 rpm
Fuel delivery: in-cylinder direct injection
Fuel: Unleaded Fuel
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 model grades also come equipped with Mazda’s intelligent-Drive Master (i-DM), a new technology that supports enjoyable and comfortable driving. The i-DM display indicates how smoothly the controls are used and how this affects fuel economy.
In Japan, the suggested retail prices (including taxes) for the 2012 Mazda Axela ranges from 1,660,000 to 2,678,000 yen. The target sales volume is 2,000 units per month.
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