2016 Mazda 2 Release date, specs

2016 Mazda 2 is a subcompact hatchback, which is fully redesigned for the upcoming model year. This extensive redesign will include both exterior and interior as well as performance upgrades. At the same time it will mark the beginning of the second generation which will start in a big way. The look of Mazda 2 is mostly taken from Hazumi concept car, while design influence of Mazda 3 is also visible.

2016 Mazda 2 Front

2016 Mazda 2 design changes

Mazda 2 is also known under the name Demio, which is used for its version back home, in Japan. So, let’s start with dimensions change. New 2016 Mazda 2 will be bigger than previous version. The width of the vehicle is unchanged, while new Mazda 2 gained 6.3 inches in length, 1 in height and 3.1 inches in wheelbase. Beside more comfort, size changes also enhance the visibility for the driver, since windshield is larger. On the other hand, more space also means more weight. However, Mazda manage to keep weight in reasonable increase, and with all inches added, it gained only 88 lbs.

Exterior design is a combination of Hazumi concept and Mazda 3, designed by Mazda’s KODO design language. The body lines and front grill are mostly taken from Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, due to usage of the same design language.

Interior of the 2016 Mazda 2 is made in minimalistic design. The dash is pretty simple and clean with only touchscreen placed in the center. Commands are mostly placed on the transmission tunnel, and slightly above or below gear lever. Mazda’s Connect infotainment system is also standard on Mazda 2, and it can enable smartphone integration and navigation.

2016 Mazda 2 Interior

2016 Mazda 2 engine

Japanese producer offers different engine choices depending on market. However all engine line-up will benefit from SkyActiv technologies, which will help in Mazda 2’s fuel efficiency and performance. Already known as one of the best handling vehicles, popular hatch will now be able to parry its rivals with fuel efficiency and overall performance.

Base engine for 2016 Mazda 2 will be a 1.5-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder with 100 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and automatic with same number of speeds. Other gasoline engine will be a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder SkyActiv capable to deliver 91 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain comes paired with either five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

European customers will also have diesel engine option, which will probably be left out in the US market. However, here are the specs of the engine. It is a 1.5-liter SkyActiv turbo diesel which produces 103 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices are six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

2016 Mazda 2 Rear

2016 Mazda 2 rivals, price and release

Top two rivals for 2016 Mazda 2 are Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, due to their great looks and performances. However this big change for Mazda’s 2 could spice things up in subcompact category. Other than Honda’s Fit and Ford’s Fiesta, Mazda 2 also competes with Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris. Japanese producer already unveiled its 2016 Mazda 2, but its sale is expected to start during spring next year. Pricing specs are not published yet, but we expect to cost around $16,000 for base version.

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