Mazda headquarters in Japan has unveiled the production version of its small Mazda2 hatchback before its arrival in New Zealand in November/December.
The car, shown here in Japanese spec as the Demio, bares a striking similarity in size and appearance to the Hazumi concept revealed at the Geneva motor show in March. It uses the same ‘Kodo’ design language as Mazda’s bigger models, the 3, 6 and CX-5 SUV.
Mazda is yet to confirm the dimensions of the 2, but the Hazumi was 4070mm long, 1730mm wide and 1450mm high – slightly longer, wider and lower than the current Mazda2. The exterior styling is said to have been a collaborative effort, led by Japan with input from design studios in Germany and California.
Production of the 2, which has been fully redesigned for the first time in seven years, has begun at Mazda’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. It is built using Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, a package of lighter components and more fuel-efficient engines and gearboxes.
Mazda NZ managing director Andrew Clearwater said that after seven years of strong performance from the current Mazda2, there was a high level of anticipation for the new model.
“The current model has been a star in New Zealand and we expect the new car will set the bar very high for the small compact market – it is an outstanding vehicle.”
The Mazda2 powertrain line-up for the NZ market is still under consideration, but the 2 is likely to get Skyactiv 1.3- and 1.5-litre petrol engines mated to six-speed SkyActiv automatic and manual transmissions. Some markets will get the new 1.5-litre diesel unit, said to be good for C02 emissions of around 90gr/km.