Jan. 15 2015 – Update and photos by Mark Stevenson from Montreal Mazda2 North American reveal.
Quebec. It’s the home of the small car in North America (if you completely forget that Mexico exists) and it’s where Mazda decided to unwrap the Mazda2 subcompact for the first time in the region. The first subcompact to join Club Kodō, the Mazda2 will be on display at the Montreal International Auto Show starting this week.
While not all details were released about Mazda’s newest small car, the Mazda2 will go from a two-trim to a three-trim strategy in Canada — GX, GS, and GT — like its bigger brother Mazda3, with the top trim getting options not available in other subcompact offerings. For starters, GT models can be had with a head-up display, something unheard of in the subcompact segment. Also, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard equipment on all trims, adding a small bit of insurance to your daily commute. Available LED headlights with auto-levelling also add premium flair to the new subcompact.
The Mazda2 fully bathes in the SkyActiv philosophy of lightweighting and efficiency, equipped with a new light, compact transmission and other significant advancements. Sending power to the new transmission is a 1.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine (horsepower and torque numbers were not released) achieving some 20-percent better fuel economy over its predecessor. Making sure the car responds as it should is a quicker steering rack along with revised front disc/rear drum brakes.
Improving ride quality will be an 80 mm increase in wheelbase with the four tires sent to the furthest corners of the car and a new set of 15- and 16-inch wheels will set off the rest of the Mazda2’s design.
The newest addition to the Mazda lineup will go on sale in late summer of this year with a yet undisclosed starting price. We will have more information closer to launch.