Big reveal of popular Mazda2 hatchback

The Mazda2 increases efficiency without compromising performance.
The Mazda2 increases efficiency without compromising performance.

Mazda has lifted covers on the big-selling little car that marks the next step in its successful SkyActiv programme.

The all-new Mazda2 will be available with a range of three different engines, dependant on market, including SkyActiv-G 1.5 and 1.3-litre petrol engines, or a SkyActiv-D 1.5-litre diesel engine.

SkyActiv is a programme implemented to increase efficiency without compromising performance. The company says a host of improvements are packed into its compact body and Kodo design, giving the car the look of a living creature.

Developed around the same engineering concepts as those in larger next-generation models, new SkyActiv engines, transmissions, body, and chassis allow the new Mazda2 to provide both improved safety and fuel efficiency while enhancing the all-important fun-to-drive factor.

The new Mazda2 line-up offers a range of cutting-edge technologies such as MZD Connect, Mazda's next-generation car connectivity system.

Available for the first time on Mazda's smallest model are advanced safety features that aid the driver in recognising and responding to hazards.

The new Mazda2 is the fourth in Mazda's line-up of next-generation models which adopt the full range of SkyActiv technology and "Soul of Motion" design philosophy.

Mazda2 has been New Zealand's favourite small car in recent years, and Driven will be having an early look at the new car next month.

- NZ Herald

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