A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss.

Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama told CarAdvice a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages.

“One of the challenges we are currently considering is how to maintain the product competitiveness throughout the lifecycle,” Aoyama-san said.

“Once we introduce one model the competitiveness will gradually deteriorate… so we need to maintain the competitiveness of the vehicles.

“For some markets a sportier version would work. We are currently considering any kind of potential … and the sportier version is definitely one of the considerations.”

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Mazda 2 deputy program manager vehicle development Kengo Fukushima struggled to contain his excitement at the suggestion of a higher-performance variant of his car.

“MPS? I want to have that! I am looking forward,” Fukushima-san said.

Asked whether a Mazda 2 MPS would be designed to rival ‘warm-hatches’ such as the Suzuki Swift Sport (100kW), Holden Barina RS and Hyundai Accent SR (both 103kW) or more serious hot-hatches like the Volkswagen Polo GTI (132kW) and the Ford Fiesta ST (134kW), Fukushima-san suggested the latter was the preference.

“I want to have [it] like a Fiesta [ST]. That’s what I want. As far as I know we want to be like that, but no plans yet.”

He admitted the standard Mazda 2’s chassis would require some tuning and reinforcement work to support a proper hot-hatch, but said such modifications were entirely possible.

“I believe we can do that.”

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Question marks remain over what engine would power an MPS version of the new Mazda 2.

Aoyama-san said Mazda has not considered putting a larger-displacement engine in the 2, seemingly ruling out the 2.0-litre four-cylinder found in the Mazda 3 and other larger models.

The new-generation Mazda MX-5 has been widely tipped to feature a turbo petrol engine, though it’s unknown whether it will be a boosted version of the 1.5-litre engine or something else. The MX-5’s unveiling on September 4 may shed more light on this.

Aoyama-san said customers around the world continued to call for the return of Mazda’s MPS performance line, and while he admitted sports variants had the potential to be financially lucrative, insisted a decision had not been made at this stage.

“We still have similar types of requests [for MPS models] from many regions so it is still on our agenda, but we have to decide whether we will kill it or continue it.

“The sportier way should be one of the best ways for Mazda to pick up and continue to raise our revenue level. But a concrete activity? Not yet. We should have much more discussion about that.”

CarAdvice is currently in Japan for the international launch of the all-new Mazda 2, which goes on sale locally on November 1. Stay tuned for our review, coming soon. Read more about the new model here.




  • Dave W

    With tighter, sportier lines sacrificing space, there better be some sportier version of their 2 and 3 models.

  • Valet Dabess

    130kw in a Mazda 2? Make it!!! But I thought the skyactive chassis would already be strong, rigid and up to the task?

    • union

      All cars are made to a price. No matter the make.

      Mazda would not design and build a costlier 130kW chassis for use with a 80kW motor.

  • Zaccy16

    Hopefully they make an MPS, the last gen was crying out for more power to match its excellent chassis and handling

  • Adam

    Still waiting for a mazda 3 MPS…..

  • Pingo

    build it please Aoyama San! ’130kw, i believe we can do it’. Common Mazda be brave, MPS is about thinking with your heart and not your head! If you think too much with your head you end up where Honda has ended up, cars without a soul. A three door hot hatch Mazda 2 MPS (built in japan) with 130kw of power, weighs about 1000kgs, with dynamics to match and priced under 30ks = winner winner

  • phantomsofthedesert

    Looks awesome, the only question I have is. on the rear 3/4 view. the front tyre doesn’t fit the aperture of the wheel arch. I’m sure it’s just a sketch, but really if you are a professional automotive designer then a bit more care needs to taken. just a thought.