The Mazda2 has been updated and is offered iin a limited edition, Mazda2 Sport Black. The Mazda2 Sport Black, limited to just 500 units, is powered by the 90ps version of Mazda’s 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and is marked out by its unique exterior detailing and choice of Deep Crimson Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica or Machine Grey Metallic paint.
The Mazda2 Sport Black features Brilliant Black detailing on the mirror caps, rear roof spoiler, skirt trims, grille and shark fin antenna, while 16-inch black alloy wheels, and the privacy glass adds the finishing touch. In the UK, the Mazda2 range is offered in five revised trim levels: SE+, SE-L+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+. All powered by the familiar 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, with output ranging from 75 – 115ps. At the same time, the updated Mazda2 range benefits from improved equipment.
The entry variant Mazda2 features 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power fold mirrors, 60:40 split rear seats and electric rear windows. Offered with both the 75 and 90ps engines, the SE-L+ and SE-L Nav+ models also have enhanced equipment with the addition of dusk-sensing lights, rear parking sensors, rain sensing front wipers and climate control air conditioning.
Matched to the 90ps engine, the Mazda2 Sport Nav trim sports a Brilliant Black rear roof spoiler, while the range topping GT Sport Nav+ is fitted to either the 90 or 115ps engine. All GT Sports now get a reversing camera, while as before, the flagship 115ps engine is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox. The rest of the range features a five-speed gearbox, while 90ps versions of the SE-L+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav can be specified with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Other highlights of the updated 2018 Mazda2 range include the introduction of four new paint colors: Ceramic Metallic and Sonic Silver Metallic, plus Machine Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal, which both use Mazda’s unique three-layer TAKUMINURI painting technology. Compared to previous Mazda2’s Soul Red Metallic paint, Soul Red Crystal increases brightness by approximately 20 per cent and depth by 50 per cent.
Mazda2: Updates not only to the exterior and interior
The host of updates added to the Mazda2 last mid-year included the introduction of the G-Vectoring Control technology and detailed improvements to the suspension and steering. In addition, interior upgrades included updated seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and enhanced sound insulation. Additionally, noise-insulating glass in the windscreen and additional under bonnet sound proofing ensure excellent refinement, while sound absorbing material inside of the tailgate, on the parcel shelf and in the spare wheel well reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin.
The update is matched to the driver-focused dynamics and fun-to-drive ethos you’d expect of a Mazda. Thanks to last year’s technical updates, revised front and rear damper settings improve ride quality, while the modified front anti-roll bar bushing enhances body control. Additionally, a small recalibration of the electric power steering has resulted in improved steering feel.
Fitted as standard across the 2018 Mazda2 range, G-Vectoring Control (GVC) varies engine torque to optimise loading on the wheels when cornering to indiscernibly increase handling precision and improve comfort. As before, the Mazda2 features excellent active safety equipment with all 90ps and 115ps powered cars featuring Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System.
The 2018 Mazda2 range goes from 13,295 to 17,095 pounds.