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by Tim Beissmann

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.




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