The updated Mazda 2 city car range has launched, bringing with it more safety equipment, claimed dynamic improvements and a new range-topping GT variant to battle the Euros - while keeping pricing unchanged.

The mid-life upgrade to one of Australia’s top-selling light cars arrives as sales in this part of the market continue to struggle, despite fuel prices and ever-increasing urbanisation.

Mazda’s smallest car is now available in four grades, with the flagship GT joining the existing Genki, Maxx and Neo, and remains available in four body styles, with 74 per cent of sales expected to go to the hatch.

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Key features added across the range include autonomous emergency braking (called Smart City Brake Support) that works below 30km/h. The only rival with standard AEB is the Skoda Fabia, while the Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Polo offer it as an option.

The revised Mazda also picks up Mazda’s G-Vectoring system that adjusts torque delivery to the front wheels, transferring weight and enhancing turn-in, and tweaked dampers, bushing to soften the ride. Extra insulation also brings claimed improvements to engine/tyre noise suppression.

Further updates include new wheel colours, Deep Crimson Mica exterior paint, a sleeker steering wheel design, and an updated colour flip-up heads-up display that’s said to be more legible. Unfortunately, the Neo still doesn't get a standard reversing camera.

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For background, half of all sales are expected to be the base Neo, with a further 35 per cent for the Maxx.

The current generation Mazda 2 hatch arrived in Australia in November 2014, followed by the sedan in August 2015, and has chalked up 33,000 sales so far.

Mazda is now projecting about 1000 sales per month, which would have it around similar volumes to the Toyota Yaris and behind the Hyundai Accent, though the Mazda is favoured among private buyers.

Paint colours include Soul Red (an extra $300), or free Snowflake White, Deep Crimson, Meteor Grey, Dynamic Blue, Aluminium Metallic, Eternal Blue and Jet Black.

The Mazda 2 comes with a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with roadside assist available for $68.10 per year.

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Specs

Engines: 1.5-litre petrol with 79kW/139Nm in the Neo, or 81kW/141Nm in the others

Fuel economy: 4.9L/100km to 5.5L/100km on the combined cycle, 91 RON

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or six-speed auto ($2000 extra, 80 per cent of sales)

Brakes: 258mm ventilated discs front, drums rear

Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear

Turning circle: 9.4m to 9.8m

Cargo space: 250L hatch or 440L sedan

Kerb weight: 1028kg to 1076kg

Dimensions (sedan in brackets):

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2017 Mazda 2 pricing (add $2000 for drive-away price)

Neo hatch manual — $14,990

Neo hatch auto — $16,990

Maxx hatch manual — $17,690

Maxx hatch auto — $19,690

Genki hatch manual — $20,690

Genki hatch auto — $22,690

GT hatch manual — $21,680

Neo sedan manual — $14,990

Neo sedan auto — $16,990

Maxx sedan manual — $17,690

Maxx sedan auto — $19,690

GT sedan manual — $21,680

GT sedan auto — $23,680

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Neo

1.5-litre engine with 79kW/139Nm

Six airbags

Autonomous emergency braking AEB  G-Vectoring

15-inch steel wheels

Black cloth trim

Air conditioning

Cruise control

Bluetooth audio/phone

USB and Aux inputs

Push-button start

Steering wheel audio controls

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Maxx extras

$2700 price premium over Neo

1.5-litre engine with 81kW/141Nm

15-inch alloy wheels

AEB in reverse as well as forward

Leather wheel, gear knob and handbrake handle

DAB+ digital radio

7.0-inch touchscreen (MZD Connect rotary dial)

Reversing camera

Audio system with six speakers (not four)

Internet radio integration (Pandora/Stitcher/Aha)

Radio Data System program information

Reversing camera

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Genki extras

$3000 price premium over Maxx

16-inch machined alloy wheels

Satellite-navigation

Blind-spot Monitoring

Rear-cross traffic alert

Daytime running lights

Power mirrors with auto-folding

Shark fin antenna

Chrome exhaust extension

Nicer cabin materials

Black cloth (the red accents are gone)}

LED headlights with auto on/off

Rain-sensing wipers

Head-up display

Climate control

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GT extras

$990 price premium over Genki

More soft-touch cabin padding

White leather and black cloth seats (hatch)

Black cloth seats (sedan)