The transformation of the entire Mazda lineup has continued, with the diminutive Mazda2 emerging from surgery to show off its new face. Many are calling the redesign stunning and simply beautiful, even going so far as to say that the model is the best-looking small car available today.
If you caught the Hazumi concept vehicle that was on display during this year’s Geneva Motor Show, you might see a striking resemblance. The look draws on Mazda’s new Kodo design language, which has already transformed what other models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 look like. The next vehicle to receive the Kodo makeover is the MX-5 Miata.
While the footprint of the subcompact is about the same as the previous generation’s, the very architecture of the car has been altered. Engineers infused the car with all kinds of SkyActiv innovations, which should make the 2016 Mazda2 the most fuel efficient subcompact on the market today, while still providing some performance thrills. The car was also designed with a whole suite of i-Activesense safety features that are designed to help prevent accidents as well as keep occupants safe during and after a collision. The new Mazda MZD Connect infotainment system will also be included in the new model, bringing a higher level of connectivity than before.
The exact launch date for the United States model has not be announced yet, but should be released soon. Production will take place at the production facility located in Salamanca, Mexico, with the car sharing its platform with the new Toyota Yaris in an effort to save money.