The time has finally come for Mazda to unmask its latest supermini, the Mazda2 (aka ‘Demio’ in Japan). Since all of its elder siblings namely the Mazda6, Mazda5 and Mazda3 receive the SkyActiv treatment, it is only fair that the all new Mazda2 should get the same badge.
The Mazda2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up for the first time in 7 years and adopts the KODO design language. Mazda’s Hofu plant in Yamaguchi, Japan is tasked at producing the Mazda2/Demio this coming autumn.
As expected, a wide range of SkyActiv technologies will be applied to the Mazda2. Powering the compact Mazda2 is the SkyActiv-G (gasoline petrol) and SkyActiv-D (diesel). The SkyActiv-D 1.5, with a compression ratio of 14.8:1 will be offered in both European and Japanese markets. The diesel mill utilises both low and high pressure EGR systems, coupled with variable geometry turbocharger to maximizes fuel efficiency.
For the rest of the world markets where diesel is less prominent, the SkyActiv-G 1.3 and 1.5 will be featured instead. The SkyActiv-G family of engine needs no special introduction as it is present in the all new Mazda 3 & 6. Expect the Mazda2 to come in manual and automatic transmission, tailored to different markets and needs.
Also in the books for Mazda2 is the i-Activsense advanced safety systems and Mazda Connect infotainment system. Interior wise, the cockpit design of the Mazda2 is a reminiscent of the larger Mazda3 where they share similar popup infotainment display and gauges.
For the uninitiated, i-Activsense encompasses safety feature such as lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear collision warning, radar cruise control, collision avoidance system and many more, though not all of these safety feature will be incorporated into the Mazda2.