Mazda2 nears European debut

Mazda’s all new supermini the Mazda2 nears its European debut in Barcelona early next month.

It’s due to appear at Mazda Space in the Spanish city on November 3rd before it goes on to appear at a number of other national motor shows and events throughout autumn and winter.

Rather than showing the model off at motor shows like most manufacturers, Mazda is instead choosing to display the Mazda2 at various regional events like the International Film Festival of Rome.

The idea, apparently, is to market the Mazda2 to the people who are going to be interested in buying it, rather than simply showing it off to motoring enthusiasts.

Equipment

Equipped with the same range of SKYACTIV technologies that’s taken the Mazda3 and Mazda6 models to the top of the sales charts, Mazda is billing the new B-segment model as “clever, comfortable and confident”.

Mazda are so confident, in fact, that they’re claiming that the new Mazda2 could even rival the popularity of the Ford Fiesta, currently the undisputed champion of the supermini market.

Riding on a new SKYACTIV chassis, the Mazda2 boasts increased sporty handling, responsiveness and the signature “oneness-with-the-car” feeling that’s made the MX-5 roadster such a success.

On the inside, the Mazda2 also features a wide array of equipment, including Active Driving Display, the first heads-up display in its class. It also features Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system and other cutting-edge kit such as a blind spot monitoring system.

Despite being a supermini, Mazda also says that the Mazda2 will be “surprisingly spacious” and comfortable, with class-leading legroom in the back for rear occupants.

Engine range

Power will come courtesy of a choice of four engines, including an all-new 1.5-litre low compression diesel . With 104bhp and 220Nm of torque, the engine also boasts impressive economy figures of 83mpg with CO2 emissions from just 89g/km.

Three petrol options will also be available, with outputs ranging between 74bhp and 113bhp, with economy figures from 63mpg and CO2 emissions from 105g/km.

Power will be delivered to the front wheels via a choice of five- and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, which have been specially tweaked to reduce weight and increase shifting precision.

Prices for the all-new Mazda2 supermini have yet to be announced, but it’s expected that more will be known following its debut next month.