New Mazda2 to have emissions as low as 89g/km
Mazda is confirmed that it will be set to launch its all-new Mazda2 via a number of regional events. At the same time, it also took an opportunity to confirm performance figures from the four-strong engine line-up – a line-up which also includes an all-new low compression diesel version.
The Japanese company’s new supermini combines Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design with its SKYACTIV technology. The Mazda2’s SKYACTIV-Body offers ‘significantly greater quantities’ of lightweight high and ultra-high strength steels within its construction to offer more protection than that afforded by the outgoing version.
Safety is also an important factor for the new Mazda2. Available for the first time on a European Mazda, the new member of the family will include the i-ACTIVSENSE safety system with Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). The BSM feature constantly monitors the car’s blind spots behind and to the side of it.
Under the bonnet is a range of engines, but the most exciting is, without doubt, the brand-new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre low compression diesel. This produces 105PS and is able to rely on 220Nm of torque. Emissions of noxious CO2 will be just 89g/km. It will also be the most economical Mazda2 available, returning 83.1mpg.
Alongside the diesel unit is a 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol unit that is available in a choice of three power outputs: 75PS, 90PS and 115PS. The smaller petrol unit is able to muster 135Nm of torque whilst the two higher-output versions both produce 148Nm. The smaller output engine emits 110g/km with the 90PS version emitting 105g/km and the most powerful 115PS expelling 115g/km.
In all cases, power is transmitted to the front wheels. The transfer is made by either a newly-developed, lightweight 5- or 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions, or a 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic. The diesel makes use of the 6-speed manual, as does the 115PS petrol. The two lower output petrol versions use the 5-speed manual, although the 90PS version can also be equipped as an option with the automatic.
The SKYACTIV-Chassis has been optimised to suit the hatchback’s size. The company claims that it offers a “remarkably smooth responsiveness to go with significantly advanced comfort and confidence-inspiring stability.
Inside, the new model gets an intuitive interior concept that was first seen on the still relatively new Mazda3. In a first for the class, the Mazda2 features a head-up display unit which Mazda calls Active Driving Display. MZD connectivity will also allow the Mazda2 to be connected to the internet. Whilst these technologies will be available on British models, they are unlikely to be standard.
The European press debut of the next-generation Mazda2 took place yesterday (3 November) at the company’s European event hub, ‘Mazda Space’. It will then go on to be unveiled at three forthcoming motor shows in Zurich (5-9 November), Vienna (14-18 November) and Brussels (15-25 January). After that, it will go on sale during the first quarter of the year. Although final UK specs and pricing have still to be confirmed, EcoCars4Sale forecast that it should start from about £10,500.
This article has been prepared by first4auto the car news specialists, exclusively for EcoCars4Sale.