New Mazda2 first official pictures

The new Mazda2 has been unveiled following a striking concept car earlier this year

The new Mazda2 was revealed today as the carmaker started production of the new model at its Hofu plant in Japan. The car shares its KODO ‘soul of motion’ styling and super efficient SKYACTIV engine technology with the rest of the Mazda range.

The Mazda2 will initially be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The latter will be available with varying power outputs, to satisfy those who value speed, running costs or a mixture of both.

Although Mazda has yet to confirm performance and economy figures, the diesel engine is set to return close to 90mpg. An impressive 60mpg should be within reach for the petrol engined models.

The company’s reputation for building fun-to-drive cars dictates that the Mazda2 should be among the best in class in this area. Inside, we’re told the new model is both more spacious and quieter than the car it replaces.

In-car technology has also been bolstered in the form of an MZD Connect infotainment system. It mates to your smartphone and is operated via a seven-inch touchscreen. The system is compatible with apps on your phone to provide a multitude of services on the move.

The Mazda2 will also come with the company’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology. It includes features such as active headlights (that follow the direction of the steering wheel), high-beam assist that automatically dips the headlights, a lane departure warning system, plus front and rear parking sensors. A five-star rating from Euro NCAP seems highly likely, but won't be confirmed until a later date.

Read our Mazda2 prices and specs article for more on the company’s new small hatchback.

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