Seeing it in motion, it is clear that while the car is still relatively tiny on the road, it looks considerably more substantial than the current 2. As we have seen on the Hazumi concept that previewed the car’s styling, it also seems like Mazda’s “Kodo” design language will indeed translate very well to a supermini format – this will almost certainly be one of the more distinctive and handsome cars in its class.
To recap on what we know so far, the new Mazda 2 will feature a brace of direct-injected SkyActiv four-cylinder engines – a 1.5 litre petrol (which we might be getting on the Mazda 3 soon) making around 100-120 PS as well as a new 1.5 litre diesel that premiered in the Hazumi concept. An 84 PS 1.3 litre SkyActiv-G engine was fitted on certain variants of the previous-generation car, so we can’t discount that, either.
The presence of cameras and sensors at the top of the windscreen also suggests that the tiny 2 will also inherit some of Mazda’s i-ActivSense driver assist technology seen on its larger Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 siblings, such as automated city braking.
The next-generation Mazda 2 will likely premiere at the Paris Motor Show later this year, and it could reportedly arrive on Malaysian shores soon after. The new car will also form the basis of the next European and North American market Toyota Yaris, including SkyActiv drivetrains and technology.
Mazda Hazumi concept