2015 MAZDA2 SPY PHOTOS
The all-new 2015 Mazda2 hatch has been spied testing again this week, and the Japanese carmaker isn’t being shy about it.
Shown here testing on European roads, the new Mazda2 is wearing only the lightest of camouflages, with much of its styling detail easily discerned.
As expected, the new 2 hatch will be based on the popular Hazumi concept revealed last month.
Much of the Hazumi’s key styling elements remain, although the large wheels have been swapped for conventional 16-inch alloys and the bumpers at both ends have been softened considerably.
The headlights and tail-lights, while slightly larger, also remain mostly faithful to their stylised concept counterparts.
In concept form, the Hazumi measures 4070mm long, 1730mm wide and 1450mm tall, riding on a 2585mm wheelbase.
That marks a significant increase over the outgoing 2 five-door hatch, which measures just 3950mm long, 1695mm wide - but sits higher at 1475mm. It rides on a 2492mm wheelbase.
These spy photos however suggest that the new model will retain most of the concept’s size, making the new Mazda2 a more spacious offering than before. (And opening the door to a Mazda1..? - Ed.)
The new model’s cabin is still to be revealed in production form, although the Hazumi’s stylised dash is likely a solid preview of what we can expect to see in showrooms next year.
The stylish gear-shifter will likely be switched for a more conventional stick however, and the seats and console-lid are likewise more futuristic than realistic.
The familiar steering wheel, along with the Mazda3-like instrument cluster and steering-mounted paddle shifters should all reach production.
Mazda's new Mazda Connect infotainment system is also featured with the Hazumi concept, working with the head-up display (behind the steering wheel) to provide easy access to key smartphone features.
Mazda has also confirmed a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine for the new Mazda2, although it is possible that this engine will be offered in Europe only.
Mazda promises a lightweight and compact design for the new engine, but it has yet to reveal the all-important power figures.
Fuel use however is expected to come in at around 3.3 l/100km, with CO2 emissions claimed to be below 90g/km.
Helping to keep the engine's fuel use down will be Mazda's i-Stop idle stop/start system, along with the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.
Watch for more details of the Hazumi's leap to production to surface in the coming months.
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