At the upcoming international motor show in Geneva, the Japanese automaker will present a fuel-sipping version of its 2009 MY Mazda3 compact hatchback.
Although adding words “i-stop” to a car’s name is similar to putting an “i-slow”™ badge on a personal computer, and the engine automatic shut-down system is by no means a sensational thing these days, the car nevertheless may save you a buck or two. If you are into city driving, that is.
The 2009 Mazda3 i-stop features a new-generation highly efficient MZR 2.0L DISI four-banger and a proprietary “i-start” engine start-stop system. The latter is capable of bringing the recently shut-down engine to an idling speed in about 0.35 seconds, theoretically allowing for truly seamless operation. Working together, they ensure 12 percent gain in fuel efficiency in the city driving cycle.
No info on pricing and international availability, yet.