Launched in 1996, the first-generation Mazda2 had very little in common with the current supermini. More a minivan-like, tall hatchback with a boxy design, the Mazda2 , also known as the Mazda Demio, was offered with a couple of small-displacement, four-cylinder, gasoline engines that delivered 82 horsepower (1.3-liter) and 99 ponies (1.5-liter). The first-gen Mazda2 became a hit in Japan and was kept in production until 2002. The second-gen model brought major styling changes to the 2, but the company kept the tall, minivan-like design, while adding new gasoline engines, including a diesel. It was 2007 when the third-generation Mazda2 arrived and the compact started looking more like the supermini we all know today. The third-gen car is also the first Mazda2 to arrive Stateside, following its debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. After nearly eight years on the market, the Mazda2 is finally receiving its much-needed overhaul for the 2015 model year.
The supermini follows into footsteps of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 in design and technology, as it comes to life as a production version of the 2014 Hazumi Concept . Set to go on sale in Japan by the end of 2014, the Mazda2 won’t hit U.S. shores until 2015 (2016 model year). But until it does, let’s have a look at what the redesigned supermini has to offer.
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While it remains true to its predecessor in terms of overall shape and size, the redesigned subcompact hatchback gets a fistful of Mazda's "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language
While it remains true to its predecessor in terms of overall shape and size, the redesigned subcompact hatchback gets a fistful of Mazda’s "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language, which is already available on the Mazda3, Mazda6, and the CX-5 .
The sculpted body creases are joined by the angular headlamps that stretch toward the fenders and the signature front grille highlighted by a V-shaped chrome surround. Around back, the horizontal taillights and the raked liftgate give the Mazda2 a sportier look. Granted, it’s not as sexy as the Mazda3 hatch, but it’s a breath of fresh air in a segment that includes many dull-looking vehicles. The Volkswagen Polo comes to mind...
All told, the Mazda2 remains true to the Hazumi Concept for the most part, a sign that the design study drew many positive reviews from the public and journalists alike.
The new configuration not only adds a feel of roominess to the cabin, but also introduces a dash of class similar to that found in the Mazda6 sedan.
Along with a brand-new exterior also came a revamped interior. Details are slim as of July 2014, but the photos reveal a clean dashboard layout and a lowered center console. The new configuration not only adds a feel of roominess to the cabin, but also introduces a dash of class similar to that found in the Mazda6 sedan. While the entry-level model only comes with cloth seats and hard plastic all around, the versions positioned higher in the lineup feature plenty of premium materials.
Perforated, leather-wrapped seats with red contrast stitching, leather surfaces on both the dashboard and the door armrests suggest the Mazda2 is no stranger to semi-luxury. When it comes to technology, Mazda offers an updated navigation display, a reconfigured instrument cluster, and, for the first time on this model, a head-up display system. In addition, Mazda confirmed that its innovative MZD Connect in-car connectivity system and a range of i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology will also be offered on the hatchback.
At launch, the Mazda2 will be available with the brand-new, SkyActiv-D, 1.5-liter, diesel engine. The oil burner will be joined by the gasoline-powered SkyActiv-G 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter — the former is already available in the Mazda3. There’s no word whether the Mazda2 will also get the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G, but Mazda confirmed a choice of manual and automatic transmissions for the 1.5-liter four-banger. Will be back with more details as soon as we have them.
2015 Mazda2: Drivetrain Specification
|Type||1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine|
|Output||103 HP @ 4,000 RPM|
|Torque||184 LB-FT @ 1,500 - 2,500 RPM|
Pricing for the Mazda2 is not available as of July 2014 and the manufacturer has yet to a launch date for the U.S. market. The current Mazda2 is priced from $14,720 and we expect the next-gen model to fetch more than $17,000 in higher trims.
One of the best-selling superminis in the world, the Ford Fiesta is Mazda2’s most feared rival in the United States. The small hatch has just been revised for the 2014 model year, gaining a new front end and additional interior features. An optional touchscreen infotainment, a well-appointed interior, and a bevy of engines and transmissions make the Fiesta a popular choice among compact car buyers.
In U.S.-spec form, the Fiesta can be had with either a 1.6-liter four-cylinder or a 1.0-liter, turbo three-pot. The four-banger mates to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and cranks out 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. The smaller, turbocharged 1.0-liter is paired to only a five-speed manual and delivers 123 ponies and 148 pound-feet of twist. Both can reach 60 mph from a standing start in less than 10 seconds and return impressive fuel economy that can go up to 42 mpg on the highway with the turbo three-banger. Those in need for more oomph can opt for the Fiesta ST. The hot hatch carries a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, inline-four under its hood and comes with 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque on tap. The Fiesta hatch starts from $14,600.
Unlike the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda2, the Volkswagen Polo has yet to reach U.S. shores. However, the VW-badged hatch will take on its Japanese rival across Europe with a multitude of gasoline and diesel engines, with displacement ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 liters. At the bottom of the lineup, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder delivers 59 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping, 1.4-liter TSI delivers 148 ponies. The most powerful diesel version, motivated by a 1.4-liter TDI, benefits from 89 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.
Like most Volkswagens, the Polo is equipped with many convenience and safety features in its more expensive trims. In Britain, the small hatch retails from £11,100 ($18,987 as of 07/17/2014) and goes all the way to £17,710 ($30,295).
Gallery Volkswagen Polo
Although some details are still under wraps, the Mazda2 seems to have all it needs to compete in the unforgiving supermini market. Great looks, fuel-efficient engines, a revamped interior that can meet many tastes, and all the technology Mazda can provide for the 2016 model year. All we need now is for Mazda to send it our way and introduce a more powerful engine to enable the hatch to compete with the Fiesta ST. Here’s to hoping.
- Kodo design works well with the hatch
- Efficient SkyActive powertrains
- Upscale interior in high trims
- No actual engine details
- No pricing or U.S. availability
- Needs more power to compete with the Fiesta ST
Mazda revealed the all-new Mazda2 today as the unconventional carmaker launched production of its next-generation supermini at its Hofu plant south-east of Hiroshima. The fourth member of Mazda’s current model generation features the full range of ultra-efficient SKYACTIV Technology underneath a stunning KODO – Soul of Motion design that is bursting with energy.
With a winning combination of performance, fuel economy, safety and Mazda’s patented driving fun, the all-new Mazda2 has the potential to reproduce the immense popularity of its siblings – the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 – when it goes on sale in autumn starting in Japan. Evolving and enhancing the technology and ergonomics cultivated in these vehicles, the newest Mazda is expected to raise the bar in the crucial B segment, Europe’s single largest in terms of market share.
The all-new Mazda2 will premiere in Europe with a brand-new small displacement clean diesel engine, the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, as well as different power versions of the petrol SKYACTIV-G 1.5*. Together with SKYACTIV body, chassis, and manual and automatic transmissions, it also gets the company’s innovative MZD Connect in-car connectivity system, a class-beating range of i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology and a remarkably spacious and refined interior.
Applauded time and again for its outstanding value and unwavering reliability, more than 2.4 million Mazda2s** have been sold globally since it was first launched in 1996. With its new generation, Mazda is bringing another exciting interpretation of the supermini to drivers around the world.