Here’s some news zooming in from the Land of Smiles, half of it relevant to Malaysia. Bangkok Post reports that the Mazda 2 Sedan will be making its world debut at the upcoming Thai Motor Expo. The 2014 edition of the annual year end show will open at the end of November. Thai sales start in January 2015.

This piece of info confirms what we’ve suspected after various sightings of test mules racking up miles in Thailand, and word that the Thai-assembled Mazda 2 Sedan will be priced at RM85,xxx in Malaysia. Revealing local tech sheet aside, we’ve also featured renderings of the booted Mazda 2 whipped up by Theophilus Chin, which you can view here.


Mazda 2 Sedan dimensions compared with other B-segment sedans – click to enlarge chart

The second part is big news for Thais, who will get their first diesel-powered eco car in the form of the Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D. The eco car standard is 23.3 km/l and 100 g/km of CO2 emissions, and the Mazda 2 diesel will meet it – the 105 hp 1.5 litre diesel engine, when paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox and auto stop-start, does 26.4 km/l in the Japanese cycle.

No prices were mentioned, but the English language daily mentions the Honda Jazz (non eco car B-segment rival) as a price benchmark for the diesel 2, and points us to the 600,000 to 750,000 baht (RM60,669 to RM75,837) range. Mazda has intentions to export the diesel 2 to Australia and Europe from Thailand. Malaysia? No chance with our Euro 2 diesel.

Check out our test drive report of the new Mazda 2 and our IIMS 2014 gallery for an idea of what to expect.

Mazda 2 Hatchback at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show