FRESHENED up for 2020, Mazda has announced updates for the city-friendly Mazda2, boasting grown-up styling enhancements and high-tech features never before available in the compact car segment.
“The 2020 update to Mazda2 adds some premium safety technology never-before-seen in vehicles at this price point in Australia,” said Mazda marketing director Alastair Doak.
“We added a 360 [degree] camera in addition to a suite of active safety features, giving customers of our smallest vehicle greater peace of mind and confidence while driving.”
On sale now, the new Mazda2 takes styling cues from its sophisticated Mazda6 and Mazda3 siblings, wearing a more mature expression of the acclaimed Kodo design language that favours a clean, stripped back aesthetic.
Accentuating Mazda2’s low, wide stance, the signature wing has been extended to the base of the headlamps and the chrome thickened, encasing a new mesh grille. Front and rear lower bumper sections are more horizontally aligned and look better too.
Fog lamps have been integrated into a new, sleek LED headlamp design with a large cylindrical lighting element giving a sharp expression that falls into the same design family as the rest of the Mazda range.
High gloss painted 16-inch wheels take on an elegant straight spoke design, while 15-inch wheels feature a new silver finish. Two new colours have been added to the exterior paint range too, including Polymetal Grey Metallic and Deep Crystal Blue Mica.
In the cabin, fresh colour palettes add unique character to each grade; G15 Pure is available with Brown cloth, G15 Evolve has dark Navy cloth and G15 GT sports a newly developed Blue Grey leather with Granluxe synthetic suede.
Boosting convenience, Mazda2 adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and bolsters safety, adding a host of i-Activsense technologies as standard, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist.
Pedestrian detection has been added to the smart city brake support function, while the GT models pick up a 360-degree view monitor, giving peace of mind, with four separate cameras working together to provide a complete bird’s eye view of the vehicle.
The highly efficient Skyactiv-G 1.5-litre petrol engine has been revised too, with updates made to quicken response, reduce harmful substances in exhaust emissions, and improve power and torque output.
Power is boosted from 79kW to 82kW, while torque increases from 139Nm to 144Nm. Mazda has also applied the principles of its new generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture to the update, introducing a new seating structure.
It’s designed to better support the natural S-curve of the spine for improved comfort. The latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics technology has also been deployed, with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) helping to improve handling and vehicle stability.
The updated Mazda2 is available in a choice of sedan or hatchback and in three model grades, G15 Pure, G15 Evolve and G15 GT, with manual and automatic transmissions both offered, depending on the variant you choose.
Mazda2 is available with Mazda’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year Mazda Premium Roadside Assistance as standard. Pricing starts at $20,990 plus on-roads for the manual Pure in sedan or hatch. The automatic version is $22,990.
The Evolve is only available as an auto hatch, and is priced at $24,490 plus on-roads, while the GT sedan and hatch are both offered with an automatic transmission, and priced at $25,990 plus on-roads.