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Mazda2 to bring sub-90g/km emissions

The new model becomes the fourth member of the carmaker’s current model generation to feature the full range of SKYACTIV Technology and its KODO – Soul of Motion design language. It’s also said to bring a surprisingly spacious and comfortable interior with top-class rear legroom and using the intuitive interior concept first seen on the Mazda3.

Technology includes the Active Driving Display – said to be the first head-up display in this class – and a specially adapted human-machine interface.

Based on the SKYACTIV-Chassis, the Mazda2 is said to bring the linear sporty handling of its larger siblings. The model will also debut the new 148hp SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre with maximum torque of 162lb.ft, which also brings fuel economy of 83mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km.

The Mazda2 will also be offered with the petrol-powered SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre in three variants producing between 74bhp and 113bhp and fitted with five and six-speed manual transmissions or as a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic, all of which are newly developed. Fuel economy ranges from 58-62mpg with CO2 emissions of 105-115g/km.

The supermini also gains Mazda’s MZD Connect in-car connectivity system and the i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology, which is said to be class-beating and includes the European debut of the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system. It also features the SKYACTIV-Body, which contains significantly greater quantities of lightweight high and ultra-high strength steels than the body of the current Mazda2.

As part of a new marketing strategy, the new Mazda2 will make its European press debut next month at the Mazda Space driving event in Barcelona and will feature at various events and motor shows in Europe in the run up to its launch early next year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.