Now in its fourth-generation, Mazda newest compact car becomes the fourth variant to adopt the KODO – Soul of Motion design and SKYACTIV Technology suite. Since 1996, the Mazda2 has been one of the best selling variants for the Hiroshima-based manufacturers with an accumulated total of 2.5 million units around the globe. Also, the transition period from the 3rd-generation Mazda2 to the latest fourth-generation rounds out to seven years; which means Mazda has spent an adequate amount of time to refine their all-important compact variant.
All-new Mazda2 gets KODO design and SKYACTIV Technology suite
From aesthetics point of view, the Mazda2’s front fascia is accentuated by the signature-wing grille and glinting predator-like, low-slung headlights. The side of the car is highlighted by the curved line at the lower tier of the doors and low-sloping roofline. From the rear, the horizontal combination lights blend into the tailgate quite nicely, while the inclined rear window give the compact a more contemporary look and slim rear-end. The rearlights differ ever so slightly between the Sedan and Hatchback versions. The new Mazda2 gets a step-up in wheel and tyre sizes, which have been expanded to 185/60R16 from its previous lower specifications.
In dimensions, the new Mazda2 has a length of 4,320mm (sedan) and 4,060 mm (hatchback), width is 1,695 mm across the board, and the compact car’s height stands at 1,495mm (sedan) and 1,470mm (hatchback).
The interior establishes a balanced contrast between the cockpit and passenger seat zones. This provides a roomy, open-feeling concept on the inside. The new Mazda2’s slightly longer wheelbase of 2,570 mm certainly offers a testament to that roomy, open-feeling perception.
The new Mazda2 is the first in its segment to offer Active Drivng Display, featuring the HUD (Heads-up display). Inherited from the Mazda3, the HUD projects real-time driving information such as speed, navigation directions and relevant data. Another highlight is the Mazda3-like instrument cluster (tachometer and speedometer) with metallic ring and 3-D dial face.
Standard equipment onboard also include the MZD Connect with 7-inch LCD touchscreen and command control, push start switch, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering and gearknob, drive selection switch (normal and sport), 6-speakers, and an audio unit with Bluetooth hands-free and USB/AUX ports. Additionally, a reverse camera with navigation is included with the touchscreen. Meanwhile, leather seats with centralized red-stitched partitions create that ‘sporty’ feel and desirable effect.
The new Mazda2 is powered by a 1.5-liter powerplant that’s paired to the SKYACTIV Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. Output on the new Mazda2 has been boosted to 114 hp at 6,000 rpm, while torque runs at 148Nm @ 4,000 rpm. The i-Stop has been transferred over from the Mazda3 to aid fuel efficiency. Mazda’s i-Stop system automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a complete halt in a traffic situation or at a traffic lights junction.
Front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam fulfill the new Mazda2 suspension setup, along with all-round discs for braking efficiency.
As the 2014 – 15 Japan Car of the Year, the new Mazda2 has ample safety features consisting of the DSC with Traction Control, EBD with Brake Assist, Hill Launch Assist, Dual airbags, seat belts with warning, immobilizer and a sound security system.
The all-new Mazda2 has already received some 300 bookings, prior to its unveiling. Bermaz Motor expects more orders to be fulfilled in the first and second quarters of the year. The all-new Mazda2 (Sedan and Hatchback) is priced at a phenomenal RM87,956 on-the-road with insurance, including a 3-year warranty. Color hues available are Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Metropolitan Gray and Aluminium Metallic.