At the disposal of the Motor1 edition were spy photos of the new generation Mazda2. The fact that this is a new Mazda is indicated by the outlines of the logo on the fifth door, which they tried to hide under a black film. On the front, on the radiator grill, you can see a nameplate indicating that this is a hybrid: the power plant, platform and other components and assemblies will be shared by Mazda2 with the fourth generation Toyota Yaris. The timing of the next generation of the subcompact hatchback has not yet been announced.
At the heart of the current Yaris is the GA-B modular platform (TNGA variation), on which the next Mazda2 will be based. The novelty is also predicted to be “Toyota” hybrid powertrain THS II (Toyota Hybrid System II), which includes a 91-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor with an output of 80 horsepower. Moreover, for the hybrid Yaris, both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive E-Four with an electric motor on the rear axle are available, however, for the Mazda2, with a high degree of probability, all-wheel drive will not be offered.
The current Mazda2 of the third generation has been on the market since 2014, and the model survived the last restyling only in June of this year. The subcompact hatchback got a modified 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine and became more economical: fuel consumption in the combined cycle decreased from 5.2 to 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers. At the same time, new colors and an expanded set of basic equipment were offered for the model.
Earlier it was reported that 13 new electric cars and hybrids will enter the Mazda model line by 2025, and in another five years, by 2030, there will be no cars equipped exclusively with internal combustion engines in the line of the Japanese brand. Today Mazda has an MX-30 electric car, as well as a battery version of the CX-30.