The Mazda 2 sedan will make a return to Australia around August this year, giving Australia’s top importer a rival for the likes of the Honda City.
Confirmation that Mazda Australia will sell the sedan version here — on account of its rather nifty styling, says Mazda — comes five months after the new-generation ‘boot-ed’ 2 made its premiere last November.
Mazda has not sold a sedan version of its smallest model in Australia since 2010.
The new version will complement the Mazda 2 hatch which launched in Australia in October last year. This new model has leapt swiftly to the top of the Light Car sales charts in 2015, with 14.5 per cent segment share YTD.
Light-sized sedans are generally significantly lower-volume propositions than their hatch equivalents. Rivals such as the Ford Fiesta sedan and Kia Rio sedan, for instance, are no longer on sale for the same reason as Mazda discontinued the previous version — low demand.
Like its hatchback sibling, the Mazda 2 sedan will be available with a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic or six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions, matched to one of two 1.5-litre petrol engines.
The standard SKYACTIV-G petrol engine delivers 79kW of power and 139Nm of torque, while the more powerful ‘high-spec’ alternative puts out 81kW of power at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 141Nm at 4000rpm.
It offers fuel economy figures from as little as 4.9L/100km. Smart City Brake Support (low-speed auto-stopping) will be available as an option across the range.
Whether Mazda will offer Neo, Maxx and Genki versions of the sedan like it does with the hatch, and if there will be price premiums (the hatch starts at $14,990 plus on-roads) is not yet clear.
Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said this model’s stylistic proportions were a key driver of the decision to bring it here.
“When we first saw the design for the Mazda 2 sedan we decided it was a must-have car. Often B-segment sedans can lack style and design flow, but we believe the Mazda 2 sedan is the best looking of its type in its segment,” he said.
“Having a stylish sedan on sale alongside a sporty hatch provides even more choice to light car buyers.”
The Mazda 2 sedan launches in the third quarter of this year. Expect full pricing and specifications at that time.
In the meantime, is Mazda Australia right in its effusiveness towards the 2 sedan’s styling?