The ‘2’ Sedan was once available to Mazda customers in Australia, when Mazda briefly switched from Japanese-built to Thai-built ‘2’ models in 2010.
A switch back to Japanese-sourced Mazda2s in early 2011 put an end to the sedan’s brief availability in Australia due to a lack of stock, and Mazda Australia hasn’t offered it since.
That could be about to change however, as Mazda confirmed in August that 2015 ‘2’ hatches for Australia would again be sourced from Thailand.
Mazda has previously confirmed that it is considering a return for the sedan in Australia, but with the previous model accounting for little more than 10 percent of total Mazda2 sales, it remains to be seen if the carmaker will take the leap.
The ‘2’ Sedan’s engine roster will mirror that of overseas markets for the hatch, with both diesel- and petrol-powered options 1.5 litres in capacity along with a 1.3 litre petrol engine.
Australian customers will only be offered the 1.5 litre petrol engine in the ‘2’ hatch with power outputs of 79kW/139Nm or 81kW/141Nm, so expect a future sedan offering to stick with this formula.
The ‘2’ Sedan’s appearance largely reflects Mazda’s current styling language, with a ‘flat’ grille dominating the front end, a rising hip-line at the rear doors and a sedan boot similar to the larger Mazda6.
Although officially a ‘sub-light’ model, Mitsubishi’s recent Mirage Sedan arrival would also be on the Mazda2’s list.
On the flip side, Ford, Kia and Nissan have all dropped their respective light sedans from the Australian market, so Mazda may be keen to avoid a second early departure for the ‘2’ Sedan if sales are slow.
Mazda has yet to announce whether the ‘2’ Sedan will return to Australia. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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