The Bangkok Post reports the four-door body style of the new Mazda 2 city car will make its world premiere at the Thailand international motor expo on November 28 before going on sale in the southeast Asian market in January.
Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver could not confirm details of the sedan’s unveiling, but told CarAdvice the new variant was currently “under consideration” for a local introduction.
The Mazda 2 sedan - spotted testing in Thailand in August - will be built at the same Thai plant that produces the five-door hatch for our market.
An alleged official specification sheet published last month by Malaysian website Paul Tan claimed the new 2 sedan would measure 4320mm long, 1695mm wide, 1495mm tall and ride on a 2570mm wheelbase, making it 57mm longer and 12mm taller than the previous-generation 2 sedan, and 80mm longer between the wheels.
The spec sheet also listed the new sedan’s boot volume at 410 litres, which is actually 40L smaller than old 2 sedan’s boot and 126L smaller than that of the class-leading Honda City.
The Bangkok Post report also claimed that a 1.5-litre diesel version of the Mazda 2 would be exported from Thailand to Europe and Australia to raise production economies of scale, though Maciver said the pint-sized diesel was “definitely a no-go for us”.