The four-door model has been given a styling facelift including a more dramatic front end and side profile.
Mazda has also updated the interior of the Mazda2 as part of its new design direction focusing on higher quality interiors instead of the flowing lines of the now discarded Nagare design language, last seen on the new Mazda5 people carrier.
Under the bonnet, Mazda has upgraded the powertrain options to meet Euro V compliance, and the 2011 model year Mazda2 will also be available with an automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the chassis has been upgraded to improve ride comfort, says Mazda, which will release full details of the facelifted Mazda2 closer to the Paris Motor Show.
The show, starting from 1 October, will also host the new Mazda5 MPV complete with new MZ-CD 1.6 diesel engine developing 115PS. The more efficient unit is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 per cent compared to the outgoing 2.0-litre diesel.
Mazda admitted applying the flowing Nagare design language was difficult, and was even one of the reasons the Japanese manufacturer has abandoned the language. The result, however, is a distinctive people carrier capable of carrying seven people.
Joining the updated Mazda2 and all-new Mazda5 is the new Mazda3 with the MZ-CD 1.6-litre diesel. The new engine will improve power output by 6PS and deliver 12 per cent more torque. The Mazda3 will boast CO2 figures of just 117g/km – putting it in one of the lowest VED tax bands.
The Paris Motor Show, the biggest motor show in Europe, will host a number of the world’s biggest car manufacturers showcasing new and upgraded models alongside concept cars and new technology.