Mazda is now trying a little harder to convince us the 2 Hybrid isn’t a Yaris in disguise
Previously rebadged Toyota now gets a Mazda-designed front bumper and grille. Looks worse than before
We love Mazda’s design department here at TG.com, so it was a bit of a surprise to see the work it had done on the 2 Hybrid when it first arrived back in December 2021. Well, we say work, it had essentially pulled the Toyota badges off a Yaris and stuck on some of its own. Job done, off to the pub.
It seems as though they’ve now been asked to do some actual designing though, because the 2 Hybrid has been updated with “a new and unique to Mazda front bumper and grille design”. Hold onto your hats folks.
The redesign – which was penned at Mazda’s European Design Studio in Germany – brings a much more Mazda-style face, but we’re not sure it actually works on the angular Yaris. There’s a very slightly retrimmed rear end too that splits the rear lights. Hardly groundbreaking stuff, though.
Still, we’re told that the 2 Hybrid has “proven to be a popular addition to Mazda’s lineup in the UK” and that it will continue to be sold alongside the standard 2 hatch. There will be four trim levels of this updated version available, with cars set to arrive on our shores in March 2024.
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