While Europe gets the Yaris-based Mazda 2 Hybrid, Japan and the rest of the world have been gifted with a 2023 facelift of the third-generation Mazda 2 that made its world debut in 2014. Sporting a new EV-like front end on some variants, the 2023 Mazda 2 is available with both gasoline and diesel powertrains.
The most striking difference on the outside would be the new EV-like grille on the lower ’15 BD’, ‘XD BD’ variants. Matching the EV-like appearance are dual-tone wheel caps that match the body colour of the car.
The ’15 Sport’ and ‘XD Sport+’ feature a sportier grille design with a gloss black mesh, 16-inch exclusive aluminium wheels, a black roof, and black side mirrors. The is also a ’15 Sunlit Citrus’ variant that utilises the same ‘EV’ grille as the ‘BD’ variants but adds on 15-inch aluminium wheels and a dual-tone colour scheme on the outside.
A recurring visual addition to the 2023 Mazda 2 facelift would be the asymmetrical colour accent on the front grille and the rear bumper. Two new colours available on the 2023 Mazda 2 facelift are Airstream Blue Metallic and Aero Gray Metallic. With various roof and wheel cap colours to match the body colour, Mazda says there are 198 colour coordination options available.
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Customers have the choice of three engine options for the 2023 Mazda 2 facelift which include the old 1.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine that makes 116 hp (metric) and 149 Nm (currently used in Malaysia) and the new 1.5-litre SkyActiv G that makes less power at 110 hp (metric) and 142 Nm but offers better fuel efficiency. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged SkyActiv-D engine that makes 105 hp (metric) and 250 Nm (220 Nm for the manual version).
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Transmission choices include the 6EC-AT 6-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual transmission. In Japan, the 2023 Mazda 2 Facelift is available in 15 versions with various drivetrain, engine, transmission, and trim combinations:
- Mazda 2 15C FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15C AWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15 BD FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15 BD FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15 Sport FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15 Sport FWD (MT)
- Mazda 2 15 Sport AWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 15 MB FWD (MT)
- Mazda 2 XD FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 XD AWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 XD BD FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 XD BD AWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 XD Sport+ FWD (AT)
- Mazda 2 XD Sport+ FWD (MT)
- Mazda 2 XD Sport+ AWD (AT)
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The cabin remains largely unchanged with exception of a larger infotainment unit that now measures 8 inches in size. Matching the EV-like grille, the interior of the new Mazda 2 sports an instrument panel that is made from plant-derived materials.
Prices for the 2023 Mazda 2 facelift in Japan range from 1,529,000 Yen (approx. RM49,997) to 2,541,000 Yen (approx. RM83,088).
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