Mazda is set to launch its next-generation supermini with CO2 emissions starting at 89g/km.
The all-new Mazda2 combines the complete range of Skyactiv technology with a KODO – Soul of Motion design very similar to the Mazda Hazumi concept unveiled in Geneva in March.
It features the interior concept first seen on the all-new Mazda3, including head up display Active Driving Display.
Under the bonnet is one of four engines including the Skyactiv-D 1.5-litre, a brand-new low compression clean diesel producing 77kW/105ps and maximum torque of 220Nm while using only 3.4l/100km of fuel for CO2 emissions of 89g/km.
The all-new Mazda2 will also be offered with the petrol-powered Skyactiv-G 1.5-litre in three variants producing between 55kW/75ps and 85kW/115ps.
They deliver fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures ranging from 4.5-4.9l/100km and 105-115g/km.
Power is transferred to the front wheels via five- and six-speed manual transmissions as well as a six-speed automatic. All are newly developed compact, lightweight versions of the gearboxes offered on other new-generation Mazdas.
The all-new supermini also gets the SkyActiv chassis and active safety systmes including Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).
Available for the first time on a Mazda in Europe, BSM keeps track of the blind spots behind and on the sides of the vehicle, even when reversing.
There is passive safety protection, too with the innovative architecture of its Skyactiv Body, which contains significantly greater quantities of lightweight high and ultra-high strength steels than the body of the current Mazda2.
Mazda is taking an unconventional approach with its European launch strategy this time around.
Rather than concentrating on major international motor shows, the company is promoting its supermini at a number of regional events.
For example, prior to the press launch at Mazda Space in Barcelona on November 3, the all-new Mazda2 will be on display at the International Film Festival of Rome from October 16-25 at the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art.
It will also feature at three upcoming motor shows in Zurich (November 5-9), Vienna (November 14-18) and Brussels (January 15-25), before going on sale early next year.