The entry-level Mazda 2 Neo gains cruise control and rear parking sensors for no extra cost, with prices remaining unchanged at $14,990 plus on-road costs for the manual and $16,990 for the auto.
The mid-tier Mazda 2 Maxx is the big winner from the update, gaining the MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, multi-function commander rotary control, reverse-view camera, and an enhanced six-speaker audio system with internet radio integration (works with Pandora, Stitcher and Aha).
Maxx prices rise $700 on the back of the equipment upgrade, taking the manual to $17,690 and the auto to $19,690. The fitment of the 7.0-inch screen means satellite navigation is now available in the Maxx, and can be optioned in for $570.
The introduction of LED headlights to the flagship Mazda 2 Genki also pushes up its price by $700 to $20,690 for the manual and $22,690 for the auto.
The Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system continues as a $400 option across the Mazda 2 range.
Joining the $250 red interior colour option for the Maxx is a new $1390 S Pack for the Genki, which adds soft-touch off-white panels with white stitching across the centre console, front door armrests and dashboard panel; high-gloss white plastic on the front door armrests; and off-white and black leather and cloth seat upholstery. SCBS is also included in the price of the S Pack.
Mazda Australia believes its upgraded Mazda 2 range (hatch and sedan) will average 1200 sales per month over the next year, which will make it one of the most popular city cars in the country.
So far this year the Mazda 2 hatch alone has averaged 1231 sales per month, suggesting Mazda’s latest estimates may be conservative.
The sedan could give the baby Mazda the boost it needs to overtake the Toyota Yaris as Australia’s favourite city car. The Yaris currently holds a narrow lead over the 2 in 2015, at 8968 units versus 8619.
2016 Mazda 2 pricing (before on-road costs):
Neo manual $14,990
Neo auto $16,990
Maxx manual $17,690
Maxx auto $19,690
Genki manual $20,690
Genki auto $22,690
2016 Mazda 2 specifications:
15-inch steel wheels
Black and red cloth seat upholstery
60:40 split-fold rear seats
Manual air conditioning
Four-speaker audio system with CD player, AUX and USB inputs, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Rear parking sensors
Six airbags (dual front, side and curtains)
Electronic stability control
Maxx (adds over Neo):
15-inch alloy wheels
Unique seat upholstery
Unique red and black interior plastics
Leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake
MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen
Six-speaker audio system with internet radio integration (Pandora, Stitcher, Aha)
Multi-function commander rotary control
Genki (adds over Maxx):
16-inch alloy wheels
LED daytime running lights
Chrome exhaust tips
Body-colour grille decoration
Auto on/off headlights
Black seat upholstery