New Mazda2

Production of the new Mazda2 has kicked off at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. The Mazda2 has been Australia’s top-selling light car in two of the past three years, against rivals like the Toyota Yaris and Hyundai i20. The new Mazda2 is the fourth model to be unveiled in Mazda’s new generation of SKYACTIV drivetrains and KODO design philosophy, hence the strong resemblance to big brothers Mazda3 and Mazda6.

Mazda is producing the new 2 with three engines: 1.5L and 1.3L petrol hearts, and a 1.5L diesel engine… but expect just the 1.5L petrol when the Mazda2 launches locally in October. Also expect the same MZD Connect system as the Mazda3 inside the car, along with the i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems – the first time that system has been incorporated into Mazda’s smallest model.

Mazda hasn’t released pricing for Australia yet, but expect it to remain around the $15k or $16k mark of the current model, to remain competitive with the ever-more-popular Hyundai i20.