Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
New Mazda line up question
So looking over some of the 2011 models it looks like North America is getting the Mazda 2. If only that sucker had a 2.0l engine option it would be rocking. 2200lb odd curb weight with a 150hp engine would friggen rock. *sigh*.
I also noticed that the Mazda 5 is going to have a direct injected 2.0l engine with 150hp and Mazda's new I-start technology (IE engine turns off when you come to a stop and starts back up without using the starter when you hit the gas). A claimed 15% increase in milage between the two, pretty damned impressive (current Mazda 5 is 21/27 for the auto, that should push it to something like 24/30 or maybe even 25/30)
Now what I am curious about is what that means for the Mazda 6 and the Mazda 3.
It sounds like the Mazda 6/Atenza is getting the same 2.0l DISI engine that the 2011 Mazda 5 will have (also with I-start). Not sure if that'll make it in to the North American version as an option (it'd be nice). Also curious on the output. The 2.3l made 156hp in the Mazda 3 and I think also the Mazda 6, but it was rated at 153hp in the Mazda 5, so with 150hp in the 2.0 DISI engined Mazda 5, it makes me wonder if the Mazda 6, and I assume it'll find its way in to the Mazda 3 in 2011 or 2012, will make a bit more then 150hp.
I hope so. As porky as the Mazda 3 has become (about 250lbs heavier then when first introduced) an extra 2-5hp would be nice as well as more torque (the 2.0 DISI sounds like it'll probably be much torqueier then the old 2.0).
A 155hp and 142lb-ft 2.0 motor would give the base model some nice balls. Of course a 200lb diet would help as well.
Makes me wonder when and what we will see for a 2.5l DISI engine. 175hp, I-start and the same 15% fuel economy would be pretty damned nice.