2015 Mazda 2 hatchback first details

What am I looking at?

Mazda‘s replacement for its Fiesta-based Mazda-2 supermini, although the one in the photos is badged as a Mazda Demio because that’s Japan’s name for it!

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

Anything else?

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.

Any alternatives?

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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