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August 21, 2015 Comments (0) Motoring

Mazda expands 2 range

HAVING launched the new generation Mazda2 hatchback in November last year, Mazda has bolstered the range with the introduction of a stylish sedan variant.

The new model addition – which incorporates the award-winning ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language – represents the first time since 2011 that Mazda has offered a Mazda2 sedan alternative.

Available in Neo and Maxx grades, Mazda2 sedan joins the Neo, Maxx and Genki hatchback options.

The entry-level Neo sedan comes with cruise control, Bluetooth, advanced keyless push-button engine start, ABS, DSC, ESS and rear parking sensors as standard equipment.

In addition to these features, the mid-spec Maxx also debuts the lauded MZD Connect with seven-inch display and multi-function commander control, reverse camera and 15-inch alloys.

The sedan arrival also benefits those in the market for a hatchback, with Neo taking cruise control and rear parking sensors, while Maxx now has a reverse camera and MZD Connect. The range-topping Genki also gets LED headlamps, reverse camera and rear parking sensors. Smart City Brake Support is available as an option across the entire Mazda2 range.

Following the introduction of a red interior colour pack option on the Maxx hatch, Genki also receives its own unique interior trim choice.

Called S Pack, the package includes soft-touch off-white with white stitching on the centre console sides, the front door armrests and front decoration panel. The front door armrest panels are a high-gloss white and the seat colours include off-white and black with a leather and cloth trim. Smart City Brake Support is also included as part of this option.

Like its hatch sibling, the Mazda2 sedan comes with a choice of two SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre petrol engine types. The Neo, with standard-spec engine, offers 79kW of power and 139Nm of torque, while the Maxx has the more powerful high-spec option giving 81kW of power and 141Nm of torque.

In a win for buyers, Mazda2 is one of the most economical in its segment. The high spec SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre petrol engine with SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission sips as little as 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while the standard spec SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre petrol engine with SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission uses just 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres.

The sedan comes in eight contemporary exterior colours, with Titanium Flash Mica making its Mazda2 debut. Smoky Rose Mica is limited to hatch variants only.

On sale now, both sedan and hatch start from $14,990 plus on roads.

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