Mazda revealed today the 2012 Mazda3 Facelift, its refreshed model which will be unveiled at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow. Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer also announced that it will offer the option of Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, when the car will be launched in Canada later this year.
Regarding the new design, the 2012 Mazda3 received new front and rear bumpers, a redesigned front grill, fog bezels and new front headlamps. The design will be completed by new 16- and 17 alloy wheels.
The new engines which will be introduced on the 2012 Mazda3 Facelift are part of firm’s goal to improve fuel efficiency by 30 percent by 2015 (compared to 2008 levels). Mazda will also introduce on its models new electrical devices such as idle-stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems in order to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
At the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow, Mazda will also bring the 2012 Mazda5, which will feature the "Nagare" design language inspired by the beauty of nature.
2012 Mazda5 will be powered by a 157-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Mazda5 will be available in two trim grades with a starting price of $21,795.
Having an exciting and sporty handling is a characteristic that the Mazda 3 has long been known for. This particular feature ensures that the Mazda 3 has a satisfying driving feel when there’s a consistency between what the driver expects and how the vehicle responds.
2012 Mazda 3 continues this heritage and not only enhances this impression of cohesion between the vehicle and driver, but offers a driving experience that is more comfortable to the driver and the passengers no matter what the driving situation is.
Having a consistent and linear feel is also known as Toitsukan. More specifically, it refers to having smooth switches concerning the acceleration, deceleration and lateral G forces in answer to the basic attributes as it relates to driving, stopping, and turning.
The main goal is not just about having a sharp response to the steering operations and accelerator to give a sporty ride. It is also about providing a linear feeling to the vehicle’s response consistent to the driver’s control operaitons. Toitsukan therefore is all about ensuring the drive is pleasurable with the drivers having a sense of control and excitement.
In addition, it also offers the passengers a comfortable ride due to the car having stable and smooth movements. In order to make sure that Toitsukan was present in every feature of the car, the vehicle was given a stronger body. Some of the efforts included the optimized tuning of the dampers in the front and rear and adopting the Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS) system.
The EHPAS system from Mazda utilizes a new setting for its pump flow characteristics. This allows it to have easier handling when running at slow speeds while it offers improved feeling for the road and a more positive response when driven from mid-range up to high speed.
The result is that when compared to the current model, it offers a more agile steering feel and is even lighter. In simple terms, what it means is that when the steering wheel is turned a little, direction is changed a little as well. When the steering wheel is turned a lot, there’s a significant impact in the direction. While it may appear to be easy, only a few automakers have been able to accomplish this level of sensitivity.