Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology

Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology

What Is Mazda Skyactiv® Technology

There are a lot of great options in the new Mazda lineup for Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, drivers looking for a vehicle that delivers a confident performance and strong fuel economy. This is thanks in no small part to Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv® Technology suite, which includes a full range of carefully integrated engineering and design elements.

Take a closer look at the many innovations that have gone into the development of the Mazda CX-30 or Mazda3 Skyactiv® systems, and experience its unique capabilities for yourself at Mazda of Gastonia.

Efficient Engines

  • Skyactiv®-G – Mazda’s engineers have been at the forefront of a number of engineering innovations over the last several years, but the idea with Skyactiv®-G was to take the traditionally aspirated gasoline combustion engine to a new level of performance and efficiency. Offered in the form of 2.0L and 2.5L 4-cylinder engines, Skyactiv®-G compresses the engine’s air-fuel mixture through the cylinders in a more efficient manner in order to get more energy out of less fuel.

The result is a 15% increase in efficiency, as most conventional internal combustion engines only utilize about 30% of potent energy fuel. You can currently find Skyactiv®-G engines at work on a variety of Mazda vehicles, including the new Mazda3 and Mazda6.

  • Skyactiv®-D – For a long time, the diesel engine was synonymous with pollution due to the high levels of toxicity in the exhaust. Mazda’s Skyactiv®-D engine puts those worries to rest while cashing in on the best performance elements of the diesel engine—including commanding levels of torque. How does the Mazda Skyactiv® engine achieve better fuel economy and lower emission levels? The secret is a low compression ratio. The Skyactiv®-D diesel engine offers the same compression ratio as the gas options, making it a clean and highly efficient diesel option, able to comply with strict global exhaust gas regulations without the use of expensive NOx (nitrogen oxide) after-treatment systems. This engine technology is available on the Mazda CX-5 Diesel.
Mazda3 Skyactiv® Technology

Responsive Transmissions

Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Skyactiv®-Drive – Mazda’s Skyactiv®-Drive is a 6-speed automatic transmission that combines the best aspects of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), dual-clutch transmission, and conventional automatic transmission. The transmission’s lock-up range has been widened in order to boost torque transfer efficiency and give you a direct driving feel. This results in an improvement in fuel economy of 4 to 7% without compromising the level of responsiveness drivers are looking for between gear ratios of a sporty Mazda vehicle.
  • Skyactiv®-MT – Mazda’s 6-speed manual transmission has been improved, as well, in the form of the Skyactiv®-MT. This sporty manual transmission provides sharp and swift gear shifts for a genuinely responsive feel. Its design—based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata—is also compact and lightweight in size, which helps improve efficiency.

Innovative Design

  • Skyactiv®-Body – The philosophy and primary goal behind the Skyactiv®-Body is the same as that which went into the powertrain—namely, helping to deliver optimal performance and efficiency. Mazda’s design team achieved this by developing a body that was 8% lighter and 30% more rigid than the outgoing Mazda body design. The body structure has been straightened and made part of a continuous framework, as well, which helps make it safer in a collision by distributing the force of the impact more evenly.
  • Skyactiv® Platform – The Mazda Skyactiv®-Chassis includes a full overhaul of Mazda’s outgoing Skyactiv® Platform design, complete with a new front and rear suspension, electric power steering system, and a 14% reduction in weight over the outgoing generation. The result, as hoped for, is a Skyactiv® Platform that is functionally more comfortable at highway speeds and more agile at low- and mid-range speeds, as well as being more efficient and stable.
  • Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics – Mazda’s Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics aren’t just a single element of design or engineering. Instead, it’s the entire integrated approach of Skyactiv® Technology realized. G-Vectoring Control improves handling—particularly when cornering—by delivering the proper amount of braking force and torque to the proper wheels based on driving behavior and conditions. These controls have been carefully calibrated based on specific technical analyses of the vehicle’s engine, transmission, body, and chassis. This provides more stability and responsiveness, resulting in a ride that is both more comfortable and engaging.
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Experience SKYACTIV® Technology Today

The new Mazda vehicles for sale at Mazda of Gastonia bring a variety of groundbreaking innovations to the table, including Skyactiv® Technology and the i-Activsense® driver-assist safety package. Explore all these features and witness Mazda’s head-turning design work today at our dealership near Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Gastonia, North Carolina.

If you have any questions about new Mazda technology or how this technology plays a role within each model, give our team a call!


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