2016 Mazda2 Redesign, Full Specifications and Review

The 2016 Mazda2 will be a fully redesigned model with a lot of enhancements in almost every part of it. The new Mazda2 is expected to bring all the fun driving complemented with stylish and sporty look and feel. The vehicle is also claimed to feature new chassis, engines, bodywork and suspension. Also, there will be four trims offered in this model.

2016 Mazda2 Japanese Specs

The 2016 Mazda2 that has now begun rolling off the line in Mexico is a completely redesigned version of Mazda’s smallest model. It adopts the company’s Skyactiv engine and chassis technologies in a bid to increase efficiency, and went on sale in Japan this fall as the Demio.

Exterior

Compared to the current version, the 2016 Mazda2 will be about six inches longer, with a three-inch-longer wheelbase, and windshield pillars have been pushed forward. That should altogether translate to quite a bit more passenger space, front and rear. And safety features should be much-upgraded versus the current car, with blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a rear cross-traffic system all potentially on offer.

2016 Mazda2 Side View

Interior

Mazda2 chief engineer told us that one of his team’s top priorities was to find the optimum driving position while enhancing driver comfort. Pedals were moved an inch to the right for more precise operation and an organ-style accelerator pedal (hinged at the bottom) was added. The Mazda2’s footwell will now take shoe sizes up to 14! Meanwhile the front seats were given more back support and can now handle drivers from 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall.

Boasting four different interior trim combinations, the car’s cabin is a much nicer place to be. Apart from the entry-level bland grey cloth seat variant, the new Mazda2 offers class-leading interior trim with the top of the range being a three-tone (cream, red and black) leather seat design taking Mazda design in a direction it’s never been before. Safety features have been significantly enhanced too. These include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, head-up display, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beam.

2016 Mazda2 Interior

Powertrain

The current Mazda2 may be the best-handling car in its class, but it’s not particularly powerful, fast or fuel-efficient. The standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates just 100 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque, well short of competitors like the Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit. Meager power output can sometimes mean better mpg, but Mazda 2 models equipped with automatic transmissions trail competitors in combined fuel economy (manual transmission models more closely match rivals, but again with less power).

Mazda hasn’t announced a U.S. engine lineup yet, but the Mazda2 will offer some combination of the three engines offered in Europe and Japan: a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter diesel four-cylinder. The smaller engine isn’t likely for American buyers, nor is the diesel, making a new Skyactiv 1.5-liter the obvious replacement for the current engine. Whether the new four-cylinder makes more power remains to be seen, but that power should at least be more accessible with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

2016 Mazda2 Engine

2016 Mazda2 Release Date and Price

Get yourself ready for the arrival of the 2016 Mazda2 in U.S. in mid 2015. Unfortunately, we’re currently lack of information about its pricing, the automaker doesn’t provide any details about this. But don’t worry, official pricing should be announced near the release date. Stay tuned for more information in the future.

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