Unveiled ahead of the new Mazda 2 going into production at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Japan, the new car will be powered by Mazda’s 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine.
Producing 105hp and 184lb ft of torque spread wide between 1,500 and 2,500rpm, performance will be excellent.
It’s that full torque figure, with the maximum output available over a significant proportion of the rev range – and importantly, low down for good response around town and on country roads – that is the key to the new Mazda 2’s performance.
Alongside it, it will bring incredible efficiency, as all Skyactiv Mazdas do.
As yet there’s no official word on fuel economy, but with the 120hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel Skyactiv-D engine in the Mazda 3 officially returning 55.4mpg combined with 119g/km CO2, the new 1.5 unit (less powerful and in a smaller, lighter car, don’t forget) is likely to feature a useful improvement on that.
Of course, the Mazda 3 is a bigger car for owners who need more practicality, but still want top-level efficiency.
But we’d expect the new Mazda 2 supermini to dip under the 100g/km CO2 mark, meaning free road tax and super-low running costs.
The new engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, further helping to increase fuel economy and reduce harmful tailpipe emissions, as well as offering a choice for those who want more driver involvement, or a more relaxed cruising experience.
Thanks to the Skyactiv chassis technology, the new Mazda 2 will be agile and fun to drive, as well as superbly safe.
The use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel in the chassis gives an amazingly rigid platform, allowing the suspension to do its job with the minimum of interference.
As a result, handling and road holding will no doubt be fantastic and, coupled to that stiff body shell, safety in a crash (should the worst happen) will be reassuringly robust.
On top of the physical aspects, the new Mazda 2 will also get a raft of safety kit, including Mazda’s i-Activesense suit of safety features. These include lane departure warning, forward obstruction warning, adaptive front lighting, high-beam control and radar-guided cruise control elsewhere in the range, so expect some if not all of these technologies to be transferred across to the new Mazda 2.
Expect plenty of pre-crash safety technology and for Mazda’s autonomous city braking function to make its way onto the car, too.
Other kit on offer includes Mazda’s innovative MZD Connect in-car multimedia system, which, looking at the pictures, is integrated into the stylish interior beautifully.
Mazda is focused on quality, and it knows that to succeed it has to live up to the exacting standards of its customers – just look at the new Mazda 2’s sumptuously trimmed interior.
And on the subject of aesthetics, the outside is pretty striking, too. Employing Mazda’s “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design language, the new 2 supermini looks taut and compact, with some interesting visual surfaces.