The little hatchback gets its second special-edition model in the U.K.

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The fourth-generation Mazda2 arrived in 2014 with a brand-new exterior design and a revamped interior. Like most recent Mazda models, the small hatchback also adopted the brand’s "KODO - Soul of Motion" design language and a more upscale cabin that includes a digital instrument cluster and a leather steering wheel on the more expensive trims. The new generation also brought new engines to the Mazda2. Depending on the market, customers can choose between 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline engines or a 1.5-liter diesel. All three have four-cylinder configurations and Mazda’s latest SkyActiv technology.

Arguably one of the prettiest cars in its segment, the Mazda2 has become popular in certain European markets, especially in the United Kingdom. As a result, Mazda has already launched the special edition Sport Black in the country. Now, the Japanese are introducing a new limited-edition model. Dubbed Red Edition, it comes with two optional exterior colors at no cost and bespoke accents inside and out. It is based on the SE-L Nav trim and comes with all the goodies available with the pricier model.

The Red Edition is limited to only 400 units and won’t be sold outside Britain. Don’t get your hopes up on finding a special-edition Mazda2 model in the U.S. because the little hatchback is not available Stateside.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda2 Red Edition.

What makes the Mazda2 Red Edition special

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Like most special-edition Mazdas, the Red Edition is only about a special set of wheels and optional colors offered as standard equipment. The hatchback can be had in either Snowflake White Pearlescent and Black Mica at no cost, two paints that cost £540 (around $715) on standard trims. Unfortunately, the Red Edition can’t be ordered in the trademark Soul Red Metallic, which is weird given the name. But maybe Mazda doesn’t want to offer the £660 (about $875) color for free. However, the hatchback gets a touch of red on the outside by means of Soul Red accents on the mirror covers, roof spoiler, rear underskirt. Customers who don’t fancy the SE-L’s standard 15-inch alloy wheels (an update from the base steel rims), can have the car rolling on Dark Gunmetal wheels for an extra £300 (about $400).

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Inside, the seats get red cloth, while the knee pad and door trim get red inserts. A white decor panel, a red stripe, and red A/C vent bezels add a dash of color to the otherwise black dashboard. Red Edition floor mats can also be specified, but only at extra cost. Other than that, the Red Edition is a standard SE-L Nav model, but this means it comes with extra features over the base model. Additional goodies include cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, rear electric windows, a seven-inch color touchscreen, Aha and Stitcher apps, AM/FM radio, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Mazda Navigation, Multimedia Commander, and steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth control.

The package also includes 60:40 fold-down rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Lane Departure Warning, and Smart City Brake Support.

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Under the hood, the Red Edition gets the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline engine with 89 horsepower. While not the most powerful version of the four-cylinder, which is also available with 113 horses, it’s a 15-horsepower improvement over the base model. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

Mazda has yet to announce pricing for the Red Edition, but did say that the package will be limited to 400 units. The SE-L Nav model it is based on starts from £14,495 (around $19,155), so it’s safe to assume that the Red Edition will start from around a similar sticker. Availability is limited to the United Kingdom.


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Press Release

It’s time to see red this September, as Mazda’s stylish and sophisticated supermini range is enhanced with the launch of the Mazda2 Red Edition. With high levels of standard specification, eye-catching styling enhancements and a striking cabin, the Red Edition’s stand-out appearance complements the Mazda2’s KODO: Soul of Motion design and sporty proportions.

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Offered with a choice of free-of-charge Snowflake White Pearlescent or Black Mica paint, the Red Edition’s youthful design cues include Soul Red accents on the wing mirror covers, rear spoiler and rear underskirt, while the bespoke look can be further heightened with optional £300 Dark Gunmetal 15” alloy wheels.

Inside, the redden theme continues with red cloth seat trim, red knee pad inserts and red door trim inserts, while a red and white décor panel on the dash adds a large sweep of colour across the dash. In dealerships from the 1st September and limited to just 400 cars, the Red Edition’s small volumes make it an exclusive supermini choice that stands out from the crowd.

However, based on the 90ps SE-L Nav, the Red Edition shares the same core values of driving fun, sharp looks, quality, safety and affordability found across the entire Mazda2 range.Featuring the signature wing front grille and predatory headlamp styling which instantly identify it as a Mazda, the Mazda2 supermini features advanced chassis architecture, while its dynamic, muscular, cab-rearward proportions incorporate a long wheelbase with small overhangs to maximise interior space.

On-board, front shoulder and rear knee room is complemented by excellent seat comfort, while coherent instrumentation and switchgear is matched to class-leading ergonomics. The 7-inch touch-screen display combines with Mazda’s rotary Multimedia Commander to create an enhanced human-machine interface (HMI) offering extremely safe, intuitive interactivity and infotainment control.

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Powered by the efficient 90ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, the Red Edition offers customers the ideal balance of lively, agile performance and highly-competitive fuel economy, plus with CO2 emissions of just 105g/km low-running costs are a given.

“Thanks to its combination of fun-to-drive handling, stylish looks and generous equipment, the Mazda2 is already winning over UK supermini buyers and our latest special edition model offers stand-out looks and a bold cabin for those customers who want to make a statement with their car. With free-of-charge metallic paint and its striking styling enhancements, the Mazda2 Red Edition is a colourful addition to the Mazda2 range, that I’m sure will be popular with younger buyers.” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director of Mazda Motors UK.


Mazda2 90ps Red Edition, boasts the following specification highlights (in addition to a 90ps SE-L Nav):


Soul Red Sports rear roof spoiler
Soul Red wing mirror covers
Soul Red rear underskirt
Optional 15” Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels
FOC Metallic paint


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Red Cloth seat trim
Red knee pad inserts
Red door inserts
Red and White interior décor panel
Red Edition floor mats (extra charge)

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