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The current Mazda2 has been around since 2007 and a replacement should already be in an advanced state of development. No surprises there, but just-auto has published a report claiming that Mazda’s next B-segment hatchback/sedan will use a downsized version of the SkyActiv-Chassis that currently underpins the CX-5 and Mazda6.

Mazda’s latest lightweight architecture is of the modular variety, which means it can be stretched or shortened to fit any particular purpose. There’s a vast size difference between a small B-segment citycar and a D-segment sedan or midi-SUV though, and there will be an awful lot of cutting and changing involved in the adaptation process.

It’s an unprecedented move but one that makes a whole lot of sense. If proved true, Mazda will be pulling off a technological masterstroke while saving a lot of resources along the way. The next Mazda3 (see our spyshots of it here) is said to run on the same platform too, ending Mazda’s dependence on Ford-based architectures.

Bespoke platforms are history as modular, do-it-all solutions are far more cost effective. Volkswagen has the ultra-flexible MQB platform underpinning the Golf Mk7, CrossBlue seven-seater SUV and everything in between while close rivals PSA’s similar EMP2 base will debut on the new Citroen C4 Picasso and Peugeot 308.

The just-auto report also mentioned that Mazda will be implementing a four-year life cycle schedule for all its models starting from the Mazda6. This one sounds a little more far-fetched, as it suggest that the still-fresh 6 will receive a mid-life facelift at the end of next year, before being replaced by an all-new model as soon as late-2016.

These are all unofficial reports of course, so until the word comes from Mazda itself, we suggest that you do take them with a pinch of salt. The platform sharing idea sounds plausible enough, the other ever so slightly less so. Either way, Mazda is on a roll lately and is set to continue that trend with the upcoming Mazda3. No reason to start doubting the 2 now.