Mazda goes big with new 2

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Having been on something of a revival since splitting from long time stablemate Ford, Mazda has introduced its fourth generation, the first two were never available locally, 2 supermini to South Africa, with sales set to officially commence next month.

Fresh from being voted 2014-2015 Car of the Year in its home market last year, the new 2 replaces its immensely popular predecessor and will be available, for the first time locally, with a turbodiesel engine and an automatic gearbox.

Comprising of four models, the base Active, Dynamic and Individual makes use of a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, now incorporating the SKYACTIVE-G technology, that produce 82 kW and 145 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox replaces the previous five speeder with a similar ratio automatic available as an option on the latter two models.

Completing the range, the new Hazumi spec is solely available with the marque’s brand new SKYACTIVE-D 1.5-litre turbodiesel, which produces 77 kW and 250 N.m of torque, and is mated exclusively with the auto box. Mazda claims a combined fuel consumption figure of a miserly low 4.4 L/100 km.

As with its predecessor, standard spec on the new 2 is comprehensive with the Active featuring a four-speaker audio system with USB/Aux input, push-button start, height adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 15-inch steel wheels, ABS with EBD, EBA and dual front airbags.

Next up, the Dynamic adds a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Internet radio integration for Pandora, Sticher and Aha, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake lever, electrically folding mirrors and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Capping off the petrol range, the Individual features 16-inch alloys, chrome tipped exhaust, body coloured grille, red/black stitching on the dashboard, seats and armrests, and auto on/off headlights.

Ending the new Mazda2 range, the Hazumi adds half-leather seats, climate control, Dynamic Stability Control and Satellite Navigation.

No information on maintenance plans or after sales service has yet been provided.

 

2015 MAZDA2 SPEC AND PRCING

MODEL POWER PRICE
1.5 Active 82 kW / 145 N.m R188 000
1.5 Dynamic 82 kW / 145 N.m R199 900
1.5 Dynamic AT 82 kW / 145 N.m R211 300
1.5 Individual 82 kW / 145 N.m R211 400
1.5 Individual AT 82 kW / 145 N.m R222 800
1.5 DE Hazumi AT 77 kW / 250 N.m R259 900

 

IMAGE sourced from www.mazda.co.za (1.5 Individual shown)