- Mazda’s next-generation city car is revealed
- New low-tax 1.5-litre diesel engine to be launched
- Interior upgrades should help drive appeal
Mazda has revealed first details of the new 2 city car which is set to go on sale in early 2015.
The next-generation 2 will be built at the Japenese firm’s plant near Hiroshima and is the fourth car from the current model line-up to feature the firm’s ultra-efficient Skyactiv technology. Thius helps to reduce the cars overall weight, including that of the chassis and bodywork, as well as bringing key improvements to many of the car's components.
Among the big headlines for this 2 is the arrival of a new 1.5-litre diesel engine likely to bring significant improvements to CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Great news for company car drivers and their tax bills.
There will also be different power outputs available for the 1.5-litre petrol engine being laucnhed at the same time. It's envisaged to be the most popular choice, while both manual and automatic transmissions will be available when the car goes on sale early next year.
Following in the footsteps of the recently launched CX-5, 6 and 3, the latest model will also showcase the firm’s 'KODO' design language which adds a fresh, sporty and modern look to the latest generation.
Inside has had a major revamp too with a range of new technology available including Mazda's in-car connectivity system and a range of new safety systems.
Although the 2 is likely to apopeal more to retail buyers, the fleet market has played a key role in driving sales for the Japenese firm with 71 percent of all growth in quarter one this year accounting for company car user choosers, a trend it will be looking to continue.
More details including pricing and official fuel economy figures will be released at a later date.