New Mazda 2 unveiled ahead of 2015 launch

New Mazda 2 revealed ahead of Paris motor show debut

All-new Mazda 2 supermini gets the brand’s SkyActiv series of technologies, as well as styling inspired by the Hazumi concept

Mazda has revealed the definitive production version if its next-generation 2 ahead of its Paris motor show debut in October and UK launch in early 2015.

The Ford Fiesta rival is the fourth Mazda to fall under its well-received SkyActiv technology banner and Kodo design language, after the CX-5, 6 and 3. Japan will get the car first from the autumn, with production due to start soon at the firm’s plant in Hofu, near Hiroshima.

The supermini segment is still Europe’s largest, and Mazda is pitching the new 2’s “performance, fuel economy, safety and driving fun” as a “winning combination”. Insiders have previously said it would be lighter, more agile and more frugal than the current 2.

Official details to go with the images are limited, but Mazda has stated the new 2 will be the first car to get its new 1.5-litre turbodiesel SkyActiv engine. Sub 90g/km CO2 emissions are expected from this unit.

The 1.5-litre petrol SkyActiv engine used in the 3 will also feature in the 2 in various different power outputs, along with six-speed SkyActiv automatic and manual transmissions.

The new 2 uses a new chassis and body built to the firm’s SkyActiv technology principles of being lightweight and rigid. The new 2 is likely to be on the lightest superminis in the segment, with a kerb weight comfortably below 1000kg expected.

Its underpinnings are understood to be a new SkyActiv structure that’s smaller than that seen in the Mazda 3 and larger models. The downsized platform also features a lower-cost twist-beam rear axle, instead of the Mazda 3′s multi-link rear.

Economies of scale for the new platform are achieved by the 2 being a global model, and one that will be twined with and built alongside a new Toyota supermini in markets such as North America.

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