The Mazda2 will be updated with new SkyActiv engines – the term given to Mazda’s low-CO2 and more fuel efficient technology – in the UK later in the year, months after it is launched in Japan.
It will be the first model to include the new SkyActiv engines, technology Mazda believes will deliver 40 per cent improvement in efficiency and help to drive down ownership costs of the Fiesta-rivalling supermini.
The first orders of the updated Mazda2 will be for 1.3-litre petrol SkyActiv version, but so far there has been no confirmation of when UK order books will open.
Mazda says the new version will bring ‘enhanced levels of driving pleasure and a more comfortable ride feel’ in the five-door supermini when it arrives in the UK.
The model will also come with a revamped interior with ‘premium’ seat upholstery, a choice of alloy wheels and eleven new exterior body colours.
All models will boast SkyActiv badging to highlight the breakthrough in petrol and diesel technology. In the past, Mazda has championed the use of more efficient petrol and diesel engines as an alternative to electric powered cars.
The Japanese car maker believes electric cars are not ready to become mainstream yet and has instead put its resources into improving the existing combustion technology.
The SkyActiv range of engines will also be used in the Mazda3 hatchback. However, the technology will come to the fore in the new Mazda CX-5 SUV, which will use SkyActiv engines, more efficient SkyActiv transmissions and a new lightweight build philosophy when it goes on sale in the UK next year.
Meanwhile the new Mazda2 and new Mazda3, both featuring SkyActiv engines, will be launched in the UK towards the end of the year.