Mazda has given the Mazda2 sedan a minor makeover in Thailand. Now called the Mazda2 Elegance, the booted version of the Mazda2 five-door hatchback has been dressed up with a “New 2013 Collection” look. Celebrity endorsements are common in the Land of Smiles, and Mazda Thailand chose popular actor Nadech Kugimiya a.k.a. Barry as the man to represent.

It’s mostly a cosmetic job with added equipment. Outside, the Mazda2 Elegance features front and rear skirting, 16-inch polished silver alloy wheels, chrome door handles and four-beam projector headlamps.

Inside, the sedan’s seat upholstery has been switched from beige to black leather. The centre stack features a DVD player with seven-inch colour touchscreen display. This head unit, which can be controlled via a remote control and steering buttons, has Bluetooth and iPhone/iPod/USB/AUX connectivity. The instrument panel design appears new, and it features a multi-info display.

No mechanical changes, so under the hood is a 1.5 litre MZR engine with 103 PS and 135 Nm of torque. The DOHC 16v unit is paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic in Thailand. Up north, the Mazda2 Elegance is priced from 585,000 to 722,000 baht (RM59,409 to RM73,330).