Mazda have unveiled the production version of their all-new Mazda2 supermini.
Paris Motor Show
The new Mazda2 model will have its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year.
First teased as the HAZUMI concept car in March, production has now officially started on the new model at the carmaker’s Hofu plant in Hiroshima.
The fourth member in Mazda’s current model lineup, the new Mazda2 will also share the full range of Mazda’s efficient SKYACTIV technology, and has been also designed according to the company’s Soul of Motion design concept.
Aiming to break into the B-segment market, the new Mazda2 will take on class leaders like the Ford Fiesta, but the company believe it can reproduce the immense popularity of its siblings, the Mazda6, Mazda3 and CX-5.
Ultra-efficient diesel engine
For its European debut, the Mazda2 will come available with a brand new ultra-efficient diesel engine, the SKYACTIV-G 1.5.
The new engine has been confirmed to produce 104bhp and it’s expected that it will also eventually be available on the rest of the Mazda range, but performance and efficiency figures for the Mazda2 have yet to be released.
However, coupled with the six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive and SKYACTIVE-MT automatic and manual gearboxes, plus start-stop technology, the Mazda2 could well be the most efficient non-hybrid Mazda have made to date.
According to the carmaker, other features confirmed to appear in the new Mazda2 include the innovative MZD Connect in-car system that links to smartphones and devices with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also reported to be a wide range of i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology as well as a “remarkably spacious and refined interior”.
First launched in 1996, almost two and a half million Mazda2 models have been sold worldwide. Pricing for the new Mazda2 has yet to be announced, however it’s expected to be comparable to the current model has a basic starting price of £11,195.