What am I looking at?
So what’s new?
You might know that Mazda’s been on something of mission to improve the efficiency and technology of its recent models, which the Hiroshima-based firm refers to as SkyActiv. This basically means making the heavy bits lighter and the moving bits move more efficiently, and we’ve seen it on the CX-5 crossover, the 6 family car and, most recently, the 3 hatchback.
SkyActiv is behind the 2 too because, like its bigger siblings, Mazda replaces an old Ford-derived model with its own car and this means that everything that can be new is new, save for a couple of the engines that we’ve seen already in the new 3.
If the shape of the 2 seems familiar, that’ll be because it’s almost totally unchanged from the Hazumi concept car we featured three months ago.
What powers it?
At launch there’ll be a 1.5-litre petrol unit (or “SkyActiv-G”, for “gasoline”) and a 1.5-litre diesel lump (or “SkyActiv-D”, for “diesel”). Mazda hasn’t yet released exact figures for these engines, but we’ve already seen the petrol in 100hp and 115hp forms in the Mazda 3 and the diesel was recently revealed with 100hp but an impressive 185 lb/ft of torque.
Fuel consumption figures are a little way off yet, but we’re anticipating 60mpg+ across the board based on the power, torque and weight numbers we have to hand. Of course, we’re hoping for a pepped-up 200hp model to take the fight to the Fiesta ST…
Although the official launch date is Autumn for Japan, there’s no information yet about a UK release date.
It’s pretty likely the new 2 will slot into the standard Mazda trim range we see on the other new SkyActiv cars, with an SE base trim, mid-range SE-L and Sport on top of the tree. Exactly what trinkets and creature comforts these trims offer won’t be known for a few weeks yet.
How much will it cost me?
While this information isn’t available yet, all the other Ford-replacement SkyActiv cars have had similar prices to their outgoing equivalents. It seems reasonable to infer that the 2 will do the same and start the prices at around the same £11,000 mark as the current model.
Well, there are three pretty big ones. The Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo all sit in the top-10 sales figures every month. In fact this market sector – called the B-segment – is Europe’s biggest by market share, so Mazda has its hands full.
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