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The 2013 Mazda3 is expected to receive a mid-cycle freshening, which could include little more interior trim tweaks, moderate rear and front end styling enhancements and maybe a few new features. Some of these new features could include being able to connect to the internet via smartphones. You can use this internet connection to stream line music from services like Pandora to receiving email, twitter, and facebook messages. The company may or may not stream down the grinning front fascia.
The new 2013 may also get the new 2.0 liter four-cylinder direct injected “Sky-G engine, which is slated to debut in the 2012 Mazda6. By using this engine, the Mazda3 is expected to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. If they mate the car to the new six-speed automatic transmission, it could achieve well over 40 mpg on the highway.
The 2013 model will not be fully revised because that will come with the 2016 Mazda3 but the styling will probably evolve. This does not mean that the basic shape and dimensions will change. It may come with a stop-start technology that is found in hybrids for additional fuel saving measures. What this start-stop technology does is while the car is idle and during deceleration, the engine will shut down, and then restart again immediately when necessary.
The 2013 Mazda3 may come with its own hybrid powered version. It may even be a plug-in hybrid, which will use gas-electric technology that was developed in conjunction with Toyota.