Mazda’s new 2 subcompact will get its power courtesy a Miller-cycle engine, when it goes on sale in
The Miller-cycle engine has shown up before in Mazda’s Millenia sedan. In this application, it’s a 1.3-liter powerplant combined with a continuously variable transmission to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent. It could reach the equivalent of 54 mpg in the Japanese cycle, according to figures issued by Mazda. Emissions will be 75 percent below 2005 levels, Mazda adds.
Miller-cycle engines delay the closing of their intake valves, to reduce pumping losses and improve thermal efficiency. They’re also typically used in tandem with a supercharger — a performance enhancement Mazda does not mention in their release.
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