The Mazda3 Hybrid (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) will use a 2.0-liter Skyactive engine in conjunction with an electric motor to achieve an impressive 72.4 mpg. Keep in mind: this is without (US)DOT required emission and safety upgrades. Still, that’s a hell of an impressive result. An electric continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be the only transmission available for the Mazda3 Hybrid.
Mazda is flexing their technological muscle with the new Mazda3 as the hybrid will constitute a third power-plant option for their newest automotive offering. A diesel and a few gas engines are currently available in Japan. We may get the diesel (the Mazda6 is due to get one in the United States soon) after the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5.
Now, how cool would it be if they offered a diesel hybrid? I bet it would shake a few foundations and buckle a few knees. As it is, the idea of a great looking, great handling Mazda3 Hybrid is not lost on me – or you for that matter.
Sadly, the only customers who can currently get a Mazda3 Hybrid live in Japan. Prices should be under $25,000 US.
The one issue with turning the Mazda3 into a hybrid is trunk space. The pass-through is almost completely cut off. It will also weigh down the rear a bit, but the weight figure are not available at this time. Actually, a little weight over the wheels could make the ride more comfortable. Maybe.
There is precious little information to be sure, but I have a feeling Mazda is testing the waters before making too many bold proclamations. Still, over 70-friggin’-MPG!? That’s bold indeed.
Enjoy this quick video of the sporty 2014 Mazda3 2.5!