Mazda plans on releasing an updated version of its Mazda 2 supermini this winter in the UK with new style upgrades and improved mechanicals. The revised model is already available in Japan. It includes an array of mechanical upgrades as well as technological advances. These upgrades are expected to make their way to the UK model later this year.
New features include 16-inch alloy wheels, redesigned headlights, fine-tuned front and rear bumpers, crisper fog lamps and a new grille. Interior changes include restyled front seats and enriched sound deadening, which Mazda says will expand interior well-being. Other additions include a new nay blue leather seat upholstery, a material that is also used on the dash trim along with contrast stitching. New exterior color options will include Polymetal Grey.
Mazda has also reimagined its supermini’s platform, with new dampers and an improved version of its G-Vectoring Control chassis management software. The Japanese automaker says these revisions will improve the Mazda 2’s stability at high speeds while ensuring a relaxed ride. The 2020 Mazda 2 has also been equipped with a new suspension setup and the i-Eloop regenerative braking system.
Like the previous model, the new Mazda 2 will be sold in the UK in three petrol engine options. Mazda’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G unit will be available as a 74bhp, 89bhp or 113bhp engine. All three options will come with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of technology, the new incarnation of the Mazda 2 will have adaptive LED headlights, lane-keeping assist and a next-generation infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its radar-guided cruise control system will also be available with a stop and go function for automatic models.
In Canada, Mexico and the United States, the Mazda 2 is sold by Toyota with subtle style differences as the Toyota Yaris iA. For the 2019 model year, the iA name was dropped and for the 2020 model year, the Mazda 2-based Toyota Yaris hatchback will also be available in the United States and Canada. Mazda is already accepting pre-orders in the UK.