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by George Skentzos

Marking the belated debut of the Mazda2 in the US, Mazda has unveiled a trio of concept models at this year’s Los Angeles Auto show.

Based on the face lifted hatchback variants, the three concepts have been named the Mazda 2Evil, Active2 Surf and Active2 Snow.

Designed as a tribute to the 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B race car, it has been speculated that the Mazda 2Evil Special Concept hints at a new MPS version.

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Although this isn’t the first time Mazda has produced a hot version of its little hatch, having showcased a concept Mazdaspeed version in late 2007 which never saw production.

The Mazda 2Evil Special Concept features an aggressive front spoiler and deeper side intakes for improved aerodynamics and lower overall stance.

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At the rear, the concept incorporates a lower diffuser which highlights the exhaust tip and new rear spoiler which was redesigned for both additional down force and a race appearance.

The exterior has been finished in Ceramic Grey metallic with subtle motorsports inspired graphics, 17-inch wheels with Yokohama Advan tyres, lowered coil-over suspension provided by H&R and Magna performance exhaust.

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The Active2 Surf Concept continues the sport theme with a more aggressive front bumper and rocker, 17-inch wheels and H&R coil over suspension.

Finished in Spirited Green metallic, it also uses a Thule roof rack system already equipped with a matching carbon fibre surfboard.

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The Active2 Snow feature the same sports features as the Surf Concept, but has been finished in Frozen White with subtle graphics on the hood and driver’s side panel.




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