By: Sam Bisby
Mazda has fully revealed its next-generation 2 in an attempt to shake up the supermini market, with a debut public appearance set for October’s Paris motor show.
The new 2 is follows in the footsteps of the 3, 6 and CX-5, with Mazda’s Kodo design ethic an obvious influence on the small hatch’s overall look. The 2’s sharp styling is joined by the continued use of the firm’s well-received SkyActiv technology within various elements of the car.
As a market, the supermini segment is the most competitive in the automotive industry and the new 2 will be going up against favourites such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. However, with a revolution of new factors gracing the new Mazda 2, the manufacturer is confident it can compete well enough.
With Mazda’s SkyActiv prominent on the new 2 it’s easy to identify where the big changes have been made over the car’s predecessor. Under the bonnet, the new 2 will be the first to get the new 1.5-litre turbodiesel SkyActiv engine with CO2 levels of 90g/km expected. Borrowed from the Mazda 3, the 2 will also have the petrol equivalent with various power outputs, as well as the six-speed SkyActiv manual and automatic transmissions.
Lightness is also a key issue when it comes to the new Mazda 2, with the hatchback implementing the new SkyActiv chassis technology to create a light but rigid platform. A weight of less than 1,000kg is expected as a result.
We saw the Hazumi concept at this year’s Geneva motor show that hinted at how the new Mazda 2 would be embodied, and apart from new headlights, wheels, wing mirrors and door handles, the new 2 is identical to the Hazumi show car.
Meanwhile, a longer wheelbase to that of its predecessor has been handed to the new 2, meaning generous amounts of space inside the cabin for passengers. The interior has also been refined to a similar level to that of the 3 to give a plusher feel compared to a Fiesta.
Production on the new Mazda 2 is expected to begin shortly and will roll out across Japan in the autumn before likely reaching UK shores in early 2015.
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