As Mazda looks for growth in Europe, a quality B-segment offering is crucial.
This three-door hatch will appeal to young, first-time buyers. The front end is an evolution of the RX-8 while the outline is evidence of Mazda’s new-generation panelling with three distinct bodylines.
The Mazda2 will be powered by a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine with direct-injection spark ignition (DISI) and idle-stop technology designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The production version will have a diesel option available and it’s also possible that the twin-clutch six-speed gearbox, operated by steering-mounted paddles, will survive.
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