Mazda Europe has unveiled their latest member of electrified models- the Mazda 2 Hybrid. This compact hatchback looks incredibly familiar because Mazda has actually rebadged the TNGA Toyota Yaris Hybrid (MXPH10) rather than developing an all-new model.
The new Mazda 2 Hybrid goes on sale throughout Europe from spring 2022 and brings self-charging full hybrid powertrain technology to the Mazda model range for the first time. Similar to the award-winning Toyota Yaris Hybrid and also the new Toyota Aqua, the Mazda 2 Hybrid features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine paired with Toyota’s unique motor-generator transaxle to deliver a combined system output of 116 hp.
The Mazda 2 can complete the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 9.7seconds while returning a WLTC-rated fuel consumption of up to 3.8 litres per 100 km.
The new Mazda 2 Hybrid is the latest outcome of a long-standing collaboration between Mazda Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. It will be an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) model supplied by Toyota Motor Europe and will be added to the Mazda 2 European line-up as Mazda’s own brand vehicle.
The project was first mentioned in November 2020 when Mazda presented its revised Medium-Term Management Plan. China is the next market targeted to feature Toyota Hybrid System in Mazda vehicles.
In the UK, the Mazda 2 Hybrid will be sold alongside the recently launched 2022 Mazda 2, giving customers in the ‘supermini’ segment the choice of two distinct models, depending on their needs.
The Mazda 2 Hybrid will join the fully electric MX-30 and other existing electrified models offering a substantial reduction in local CO2 emissions. Between 2022 and 2025, Mazda will offer the electrified rear-wheel drive platform for large SUVs such as the recently spotted Mazda CX-60.
Mazda will also equip the Toyota Hybrid System into new US-made SUV models, perhaps in the recently introduced Mazda CX-50 that is manufactured in a plant that’s joint-ventured with Toyota.