Those interested in new Mazda cars will have been watching the news from the Geneva show with interest. The Japanese car giant has confirmed their intentions for a four door sedan model of their new generation Mazda 2 at the event. The Hazumi concept revealed not only the design aesthetic changes but confirmed that the car manufacturer may not produce a three door hatchback option.
While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it is likely that Nissan, manufacturers of the Juke will be prepared for some stiff competition. The new model Mazda 2 is larger than its predecessor, yet looks leaner. This is thanks to the new modular underpinning which is shared with the new Mazda 3. The new Mazda 2 is expected to be formally premiered in September, with a launch for the Australian market in early 2015.
The Australia branch of Mazda will obviously decide their opinion on the sedan version of these new Mazda cars. It is thought that the company will need a clearer indication of the specific design for the four door model before it commits to having the model for their market.
It is thought that the 1.5 litre diesel SkyActiv, which was seen on the Hazumi is unlikely to be an option for the Australian market. Despite being very fuel efficient, there is low popularity for oil burning engines with this segment of the Australian market. It is more likely that the model will feature the 1.5 litre petrol SkyActiv, which is seen on the European Mazda 3. This will still offer great fuel savings compared to the current 1.5 litre engines.
The stylistic touches are likely to be relatively unchanged from the concept Hazumi. The only anticipated changes will be to the overt concept elements such as the novel door handles and oversized wheels. The futuristic aesthetic to the cabin is also likely to be toned down. According to Ikuo Maeda, general manager of design for Mazda, it will be difficult to see any differences between the concept design and the road model. While Hazumi features typical concept decorations such as the wheels, the overall proportions of the model are unlikely to change.
The new model Mazda 2 is the fourth model to have a full KODO revamp. KODO is the corporate name given to Mazda’s latest design language. The Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and the CX5 KODO designs were accurate to their concepts.It is thought that the major adjustment to the design of the Mazda 2 is to make it more gender equal. The model is aimed at the younger driver and has been created to have a strong and solid feel.
The Mazda 2 is one of Australia’s favourite models of light car, which means that the updated model is likely to be very well received.
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