Mazda UK has just announced a small update for the Mazda2 that brings to the table the new G-Vectoring Control technology (GVC), revised suspension, enhanced sound insulation and additional equipment.
First introduced in the Mazda3 facelift, Mazda’s GVC is a breakthrough software that improves ride quality and reduces body roll by modulating engine load. This system is simply known as motion control technology.
To further enhance the Mazda2’s steering feel and response, Mazda revised the damper settings, gives it new anti-roll bar bushings, new front lower suspension arm structure and re-calibrated electric power steering. These mechanical revisions, coupled with GVC results in better ride and handling.
Cabin noise has always been the Achilles heel of the Mazda2. To address this, Mazda has fitted the Mazda2 with noise-insulating windscreen, reshaped wing mirrors and additional sound deadening materials at the bonnet, tailgate, parcel shelf and spare wheel well.
Powerplant options for the UK-spec Mazda2 is courtesy of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engine with three different state of tunes – 74 hp, 89 hp and 113 hp. The 113 hp engine is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox while others can be had with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda UK will have eight variants of the Mazda2 on offer starting from the base SE to the range topping GT Sport. All variants get a new three-spoke design steering wheel and new seat fabrics. The SE-L and SE-L Nav variants now come equipped with LED front fog lamps, auto power-folding wing mirrors, passenger seat height adjustment while Sport Nav models gets shark fin antenna and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Stepping up to the GT and GT Sport trims, it features LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, black rear spoiler and 16-inch silver alloys. Other features such as 7-inch MZD-Connect infotainment system, satellite navigation, coloured heads up display, cruise control, privacy glass, smart keyless entry and leather upholstery are available depending on variants selected.
All 89 hp and 113 hp powered cars will be equipped as standard with Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System, making it the second B-Segment hatchback to come equipped with these safety features after the fourth-generation Kia Rio.
Prices for the Mazda2 facelift in the UK starts from £12,695 (RM71k) and stretches all the way to £16,395 (RM92k). Deliveries is scheduled to begin in June 2017. Locally, our highly specced Mazda2 starts from RM87k. It is only a matter of time before Bermaz Motor brings in the updated Mazda2, but the only question is, will it still cost the same?