2016 Mazda Mazda2: All new, arriving next year
The wraps have come off of the all-new 2016 Mazda Mazda2, which is sold in Japan as the Demio. While details are scant and involve the home-market version of Mazda's subcompact hatch, the fourth-generation Mazda2 bears a striking resemblance to the Mazda Hazumi Concept that debuted last March at the Geneva Auto Show.
Embracing the automaker's Kodo-Soul of Motion design language and the full suite of efficiency-enhancing SkyActiv technologies, the new Mazda2 offers a more sophisticated appearance, better interior packaging and what's certain to be improved vehicle dynamics and fuel economy stats. The 2016 Mazda2 is expected to offer the same premium Mazda Connect and i-Activesense technologies recently introduced on other members of the Mazda family.
Currently the best-selling vehicle in Japan, the new Mazda2 goes on sale there in the fall as a 2015 model offering the choice of a 1.3-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D turbodiesel. European buyers will get the latter as well a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that we suspect will also be heading to the U.S. However, Mazda has yet to confirm any specifics about our version of the car save for the fact that it will hit showrooms here sometime in 2015. Given the timing and the market, it would seem likely the 2016 Mazda2's first U.S. appearance will be either at the Detroit Auto Show in January or at Chicago in February.
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