Mazda has just launched a new version of its Demio sub-compact car, a.k.a Mazda2, in Japan. The Demio is the first production of the automaker’s direct-injection, 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine.
The four-cylinder engine features a high compression ratio of 14.0:1 that produces 84 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a standard Continuously Variable Transmission, and has a fuel economy rating of 58.8 mpg on the JC08 evaluation cycle.
More to the fuel saving technology, the Demio 13-SKYACTIV comes equipped with an i-stop system and aerodynamic parts such as an engine under cover and a rear roof spoiler to control airflow. Also, an improved EGR system to help reduce knock, multi-port fuel injectors to help cool the combustion chamber, a uniquely designed piston, dual sequential valve timing and lighter engine internals for reduced friction losses.
All models of the Mazda Demio (Mazda2) will be offered with a more comfortable ride and enhanced stability due to increased body rigidity, retuned dampers, and improved rear trailing arm mounts.
It is likely that the Mazda Demio will make its way to the U.S. under the name Mazda2. Currently, Mazda is taking pre-orders today, with first deliveries scheduled for June 30, 201. The prices range from 1,149,000 yen to 1,621,750 yen (US$14,400 to $20,300) in Japan.