The new-generation Mazda 2 sedan was unveiled today ahead of its formal premiere at the Thailand motor show on November 28.
The three-box version of Mazda’s entry model carries over the hatchback’s signature curves, and on first impressions avoids the pitfalls many ill-proportioned light-sized sedans fall into.
The production model that will be shown in Thailand will sport Mazda’s SkyActiv 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, but the 1.5-litre petrol engine more familiar to Australian buyers will surely also feature, likely in both 79kW/139Nm and 81kW/141Nm states of tune.
The company has not revealed much information yet, though the image of the boot indicates that the Mazda 2 sedan will feature space-impinging gooseneck hinges (see below).
The question of whether the sedan model will be sold in Australia, however, is one without an official answer as yet. Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver told CarAdvice today that the car remained under evaluation only.
“We’re very pleased at how that car looks, [but] we have not made a final decision yet. We will make one in the coming months,” he said.
Mazda has not offered a sedan version of the 2 since it discontinued the previous-generation version in early 2011 due to a switch in sourcing.
Other sedan versions of mainstream light cars have been discontinued in recent years, including the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Nissan Almera. Hatchbacks are typically the majority sales in both the light and small vehicle segments.
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