Mazda dragged its feet with the new 2019 Mazda 3 for long enough, but it finally unveiled the new C-segment model at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. Given the sea change this car represents for Hiroshima, we’re interested to see how the design filters down to the rest of the range, and luckily Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has given us an idea of what the next generation of the smaller Mazda 2 could look like.

As you’d expect, the renders show a supermini that’s a lot different than the current car, wearing a sportier, less cutesy look. The headlights are slimmer – even though they’re a bit larger here than on the 3 – and the grille is larger and cuts into the headlights. The body side has also been cleaned up with less prominent creases and a greater emphasis on surface volume.

Moving to the rear of the car, Theophilus added the 3’s circular tail light graphics and a larger blacked-out bumper panel on the hatch. On the sedan, the number plate recess has been moved from the bumper on the 3 to the bootlid, although we’d reckon that the real one will keep the recess on the bumper. Overall, it looks like a handsome thing, just like the current car is.

As for the technology, expect the 2 to come with some of the 3’s latest new bits, including the revamped MZD Connect infotainment system and a brace of new engines, including a revised 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, paired to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Also expect the car to be based on the 3’s SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture that should make it more rigid than before.