First of all let’s look at history. The first-generation Mazda Demio has hit the Japanese domestic market for the first time in 1996, replacing the Mazda Autozam Revue which ended its sales in the Japanese market since June 1998. These subcompact hatchbacks generally use Mazda2 nameplate in the global markets, previously sold as the Mazda Metro and Ford Festiva Mini Wagon.
In 2002, the Hiroshima-based automaker introduced the second-generation Mazda2 five-door hatchback and is based on Mazda’s DY platform. This supermini car still uses the Demio nameplate in the Japanese domestic market, although it uses the Mazda2 nameplate in some markets. Mazda discontinue production of its second-generation supermini model in 2007.
While the third-generation Mazda2 was unveiled for the first time at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and go on sale in Japan since July 5, 2007. The third-gen model was also awarded the World Car of the Year title in 2008 and to date this version is still sold in several countries.
Based on a new Mazda DE platform, the supermini car is marketed in three different body styles, including a three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and four-door sedan. Mazda DE platform was also used in the 2008 Ford Fiesta.
After the third-generation model was marketed for seven years, this supermini car certainly needs major changes and a full redesign. Now for the next model year, Mazda has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Mazda2 hatchback that is based on Hazumi concept, seen at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Exterior and Interior Design
The fourth-generation Mazda2 brings KODO design language (Soul of Motion), which is also seen in the Mazda6 sedan and Mazda3 hatchback. Thanks to the Kodo design language, the new model really looks interesting and its exterior design is almost the same as the 2014 Hazumi concept. Overall, the 2015 Mazda2 has a lot of similarities in terms of design with its siblings, including the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.
The resemblance is not only found on its exterior design, but also in the interior. The latest Mazda2 interior has a simple and clean layout, as well as very spacious and refined. In fact it looks quite similar to the Mazda6 and Mazda3.
The new Mazda2 will feature MZD Connect in-car connectivity system, SKYACTIV body and chassis, as well as i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology. According to the Japanese automaker, the 2015 model year is expected to increase their sales in the B-segment in the European market.
Engine Specs, Horsepower, Torque and Technology
Under its hood, the all-new 2015 Mazda2 aka Demio will be powered by a newly-developed 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine that is expected to develop at least 105 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 1,500-2,500 rpm. Mazda did not disclose further details, but the redesigned model will be available with two transmission options, including manual and automatic transmissions.
In addition, this new subcompact hatchback will also be offered with a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, depending on market demand. Mazda says the car will feature an ultra-efficient SKYACTIV Technology, which is expected to deliver better fuel economy but with superior performance in its class.
Release Date Schedule, Price Estimate and News
Speaking of release schedule, the 2015 Mazda2 Release Date is scheduled for this fall in the Japanese domestic market and will likely be available in the global market early next year, including for the European and U.S. markets. The new model has now entered the production line at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Official pricing details have not been announced but we expect the all-new Mazda2 will go on sale with a starting price of around $15,500 (estimated price), considering the 2015 Honda Fit starts at $15,525 and 2015 Ford Fiesta hatchback priced at $14,855. As we know that today’s cars sold in the U.S. market with a starting MSRP of $14,720 and rose to $16,210 for the Touring trim level with a manual transmission.
Key rival for Mazda2 including the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundai i20, Ford Fiesta Hatchback, Hyundai Accent Hatchback and Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback. The next-gen 2015 Mazda2 will continue to use the Demio nameplate when it goes on sale in the Japanese domestic market this fall.
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