A small number of pictures of the new Mazda 2 – seen here with "Demio" branding, as it is known in some markets – surfaced online overnight. The new model will arrive in Australian showrooms from October, and it's clear that the car borrows plenty of styling cues from the larger Mazda 3 hatchback.
In profile, the new 2 mirrors the 3's rounded rear and sweeping window-line, while its panels are boldly sculpted above the front and rear haunches, and on the doors.
The front end features a pronounced, solid snout and small headlights pushed back into the bonnet. While it isn't quite as aggressive as the Hazumi Concept car that preceded it, there's no denying the new model looks more masculine than the car it replaces, something Mazda made mention of when it launched the new Mazda 3, too.
The rear of the car doesn't appear to be as large a departure from the current two, with small tail-lights, a high boot-lip and a hatchback-topping rear spoiler fitting the bill.
Inside there has been a big step up in terms of presentation. While the images seen here are presumably of a top-spec variant, the cockpit sees a far more contemporary design, with a sweeping section across the dash, small turbine-look air-vents, a new steering wheel (similar to that seen in the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6), and the eye-catching dash-top media screen, which is connected to a controller positioned between the front seats.
While the previous model was in essence a spinoff from the Ford Fiesta, the new version rides on its own unique lightweight architecture that falls under Mazda's Skyactiv program. As CarAdvice reported previously, the new Mazda 2 rides on a 2570mm wheelbase – an 80mm increase on the current model – while it has grown by 160mm in length (now 4060mm) and sits 25mm higher than before (now 1500mm). The width remains unchanged at 1695mm.
The new model will be sold with a choice of two 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engines. The base model will offer a reasonable 79kW of power (up 3kW) and 139Nm of torque (up 4Nm). No official figures exist for the top-spec, but it’s unlikely to be significantly higher than the base model - possibly 82kW and 144Nm, as is the case with the Japanese-market 1.5-litre Mazda 3.
Stay tuned for all the official new Mazda 2 images and information later today.
And you can read CarAdvice's review of the new Mazda 2 in prototype form here.