The Mazda2 made its Canadian debut at the recent Montreal International Auto Show. The new Mazda2 has been extensively revised for 2016. The exterior of the car gets the KODO “soul of motion” look which adorns other Mazda vehicles. It has the typical sloping front end, the prominent grille, swept back headlights, integrated fog lights, pronounced side curves and a sculpted back end. Overall, the new Mazda2 looks good and sporty, a nice change from other models in the segment. Very nice.
Also new for 2016, the Mazda2 adopts the SKYACTIV technology already found in the Mazda3, Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-5 This technology, developed by Mazda, involves a global engineering approach which includes ingenious refinements brought to the chassis, fuel delivery, engine, and transmission in order to increase overall performance and fuel economy as well as to reduce toxic emissions.
The Mazda2 is longer and has shorter wheel overhangs compared to the previous model so that interior space is surprisingly spacious for a car this size; there is ample leg room for front passengers and cargo space is appreciable, especially when the 60:40 back seat is folded down.
The Mazda2 will come with a1.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection.
The power output of the engine, in terms of horsepower and torque, is still unknown. This engine will be coupled with either either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission and will drive the front wheels.
Previous versions of the Mazda 2 have been known to provide athletic road manners and overall spirited driving. The same can be expected in the new Mazda2 considering the use of even more lightweight metals in the new car which results in an impressive 22 percent increase in torsional rigidity.
The Mazda will be offered in three trim levels: GS, GX and GT. Amenities and accessories of each trim remain to be revealed. However we know that active cruise control, navigation, bigger 16” alloys, electronic parking assistance, and various security alarm systems will be included or offered in certain trim levels. Another feature available in the future Mazda2 is the Active Driving Display which provides heads-up information on a small transparent panel located behind the car’s instruments cluster. An improved infotainment system will be offered, with a rotatory controller, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen sitting on top of the dash and an all-new connectivity system to access your mobile telephone, iPod and the internet.
In summary,the new Mazda2 embodies the best design and technological refinements that can be found in a subcompact car. The car should be available next summer in Canada.