2015 Mazda2 starts production in Japan Mazda presented the all-new Mazda2 with further details prior to its anticipated early-2015 introduction in major global markets, including Malaysia. The KODO-themed design for Mazda’s newest sub-compact variant consists of the signature-wing grille and glinting predator-like headlights, emulating current KODO-themed variants in Mazda’s current line-up.

Compared to the previous generation, the new Mazda2 with the “one-motion” motif has a longer wheelbase with smaller overhangs; that means a somewhat roomier interior for occupants. A-pillars are moved 80mm to the rear, while overall height remains similar to its predecessor. The repositioned A-pillars and side mirrors promise a better and wider view, on the part of the driver.

All-new Mazda2 is first Sub-compact with 4-light LED design as part of the headlights package

The all-new Mazda2 is the first variant with a four-light LED design to go with the dynamic round signature of the low-slung headlights. Viewed from the side, the uppermost of the lines end at the horizontal rear combination lights, which encroach well into the tailgate. Featuring an immediately recognizable U-shaped lighting signature, they nicely complement the headlights. This dramatically enhances the power expressed by the rising shoulder line and steeply inclined rear window, which gives the sub-compact a slim rear end.

There are ten color options for the new Mazda2, including two new shades: Dynamic Blue and Smoky Rose. The new Mazda2 is fitted with either 15- and 16-inch aluminium, or 15-inch steel wheels; depending on markets.

On the inside, the two-zone cabin is a little more spacious thanks to added front shoulder room and a wider center console with adequate rear keen clearance and legroom. A tilt and telescopic steering is fitted as standard, along with an optimal pedal positioning, which is inherited from the Mazda3. At the same time, coherent layout and clear arrangement of controls simplify operation and driver and front occupant access. The cabin is presented with five choices of upholstery (off-white half leather as option) and trimmings.

The Jinba Ittai seats function to provide a better hold and higher seatbacks. Moreover, the seats are offered with special vibration-stifling materials, depending on your country’s specifications.

As for entertainment and infotainment, a 7-inch display on the dash above the center stack consists of a touch-based screen and can be operated via the optimized rotary commander (MZD Connect) on the center console or voice command. Depending on markets, the MZD Connect is an in-car connectivity system that enables pairing of smartphones, online activities, navigation and display of vehicle’s information. The system also supports iPod, MP3 and CD playback, terrestrial radio, SMS and readout functions. In addition, Active Driving Display on the instrument cluster, Climate control system and rear parking sensors are standard or optional features, according to country specifications. Over to the rear, the boot includes an enhanced liftgate to ease opening and closing.

Powertrain-wise, the new Mazda2 is fitted with a line-up of 1.5-liter clean diesel and petrol engines that are paired to either SKYACTIV manual and automatic transmissions. Diesel ranges provide 105 PS of output at 4,000 rpm and a very credible 220 Nm of torque between 1,400 – 3,200 rpm, while the petrol four-porters, with a compression ration of 12:1, churn a respectable 115PS and 148 Nm, both at 4,000 rpm. There are two lower petrol engine versions, with outputs ranging from 75 PS to 90 PS.

On Active Safety list, the new Mazda2 gets Blind Spot Monitoring, Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, High Beam Control, and the standard driver assistance systems such as; ABS with EBD, EBA, DSC and TSC. On the passive side, the Mazda2 has plenty of new and improved features as well, including; high-tensile steel (22 per cent extra torsional stiffness, 7 per cent lighter), cage structure for the cabin, optimized rear frame set-up, all-round airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters and firmer overall bumper structures.

Suspension and brake systems on the new Mazda2 have been thoroughly enhanced from its predecessor as well, thanks to a lighter yet stiffer suspension with optimized geometry and enhanced shock absorbers and a performance-enhanced brake system.

All-new Mazda2 availability and estimated price in Malaysia

The all-new Mazda2 is scheduled for domestic debut in the first quarter of next year, courtesy of Bermaz Motor (Mazda Malaysia). Estimated prices for the new Mazda2 start from RM 85,000 for the sedan version and 87,000 for the hatchback.

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