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An image purporting to reveal the design of the next-generation Mazda 2 has appeared in a Japanese magazine.

Japanese website Minkara posted a scan of the computer-generated magazine image, which is believed to be an artist’s rendering rather than an official leaked shot from Mazda. The car maker has not claimed responsibility for the Mazda 2 image nor offered any comment on its accuracy.

Real or fake, the image provides an impression of what to expect from the new city car, which is anticipated to make its international debut sometime next year.

Like the Mazda CX-5, Mazda 6 and Mazda 3 before it, the Mazda 2 will embrace the brand’s new Kodo design language, with a prominent five-point grille set to dominate the front end.

It will also benefit from Mazda’s Skyactiv strategy, featuring efficient engines and transmissions, lightweight components and an aerodynamic design.

Mazda’s new 1.5-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-G petrol engine is expected to find its way under the bonnet of the new 2, boasting approximate outputs of 75kW and 150Nm. Reports suggest a six-speed manual will be the standard transmission, while the current car’s dated four-speed automatic will be replaced by a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The new Mazda 2 is already overdue, with the Japanese manufacturer deferring its development and launch to speed up the introduction of the recently revealed Mazda 3, globally the company’s most important model.

The current Mazda 2 is now more than six years old, having been revealed at the 2007 Geneva motor show.


  • F1orce

    I like the design of the current Mazda 2

    Looks better than most other sub-compacts

    • Igomi Watabi

      I agree. I think the Mazda 2 is an underrated car, and one of the better, less fussy, designs in its size class – a class where it is difficult to design a pretty car. If this rendering is accurate, I’m not so keen on what’s to come.

      • Bang-Ding Ow

        All Mazda family start to go down the Audi road.

        • Igomi Watabi

          I actually think the 3 and 6 look fantastic, really good-looking cars. And I see what you’re saying about the idea of one size fits all styling. So, yeah, I wouild hate to see what is currently the prettiest car in this segment ruined by an injudicious use of Kodo styling cues.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, its one of the best lookers in the light car class the current mazda 2. and one of the funniest and best handling as well, the current gens exterior IMO still looks modern it just needs a better quality interior, new infotainment system out of the new 3 and a 6 speed auto

    • davie

      agreed, they would be wise to keep its “cute, but not too cute” looks which help it appeal to a wider bunch of people.

      There is nothing dramatically wrong with the existing model. All Mazda really has to do is take the exisitng chassis as a base, add sky active drivelines, cut a few kg’s and update the interior and entertainment systems.

    • $29896495

      I like your terminology – As for pic above to much distortion to make a judgement call on.

      • F1orce

        The current 2 has a very clean design. It has withstand the test of time quite well.

  • ash

    looks horrendous, the new styling already looks dated

  • Zaccy16

    Thats the worst rendering ive ever seen! it looks like a current gen mazda 2 at the rear and a stuck on cx9 front!

  • genesis1

    it’s the real thing I believe
    “NEW DEMIO 2014NEN NATSU DEBYUU” says it all

  • nugsdad

    I dont like the dip in the middle of the roof lol

  • Tone

    It looks like some no-name Chinese car. I just hope the person responsible for the render should’ve gone to Specsavers.

  • Rodders

    Please dont put a CVT in this ….if Kia Rio can do 6 speed auto, so can you too Mazda in your next baby car, looks promising though…keep current models looks with the new Corporate grill & quality Interior & mazda will be on a winner..

  • pixxxels

    I think Mazda is suffering the same conundrum as Ford at the moment where their corporate grille works very well on their larger cars (Mondeo/Fusion and 6) but looks a bit ridiculous on their smaller offerings (new Fiesta and this).

    • Dave W

      Really? I thought the Aston grille works better on the Fiesta than it does on the Focus.

      • Sydlocal

        I agree. The Fiesta ST looks so much better at the front than the Focus ST.

  • c3vzn

    Really CarAdvice? This clearly a current gen Mazda 2 with a poorly photoshopped Kodo front end.

    • Darryl

      Bit lazy isn’t it, especially with the ad out to the right here showing the current one. Even the wheel covers look the same! Maybe it will only be a refresh of this. As others have said, it still looks OK, and modern enough. No more dated than the latest Yaris. Your astute readers are not that easily fooled, CA.

    • Dave W

      That’s probably because the side styling of the current Mazda 2 is already close to the Kodo design language. Look at the curve on top of the front wheel arches and at the bottom of the doors.