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October 29, 2014 Comments (0) Views: 461 Motoring

The wait is over

THE much anticipated arrival of the Mazda2 is here, with the launch today of the all light car, ahead of going on sale on November 17.

Re-imagined from the ground up, and integrating the elegant lines of Mazda’s award-winning ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language and innovative SKYACTIV Technology, Mazda2 has more power yet is more fuel efficient, offers unequalled styling, and is better connected than any of its predecessors.

Available as a hatch, Mazda2 comes with two transmission types, the 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual, and offers two 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine alternatives. The standard spec puts out 79kW of power and 139Nm of torque, while the higher spec version has 81kW of power and 141Nm of torque, both an improvement on the outgoing model.

In a win for buyers, Mazda2 boasts best-ever fuel consumption numbers. 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, an improvement of 28 per cent over the old model, while the standard spec SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre petrol engine with SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission uses just 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres, an improvement of 15 per cent compared to the outgoing engine.

In a first for the segment, Mazda2 also introduces a Head-Up Active Driving Display on the high grade Genki model. In addition, Genki features the next-generation HMI with Commander control allowing safe access to navigation, communications and infotainment including social media via MZD Connect, and i-ACTIVSENSE technology, in the form of Smart City Brake Support, is available as an option across the entire range.

Also new for Mazda’s smallest car are four different interior trim options. The Neo, Maxx and Genki each has its own unique look and feel, with a further colour pack option available on the Maxx.

The newest generation Mazda2 is available in eight striking colours including brand new Dynamic Blue Mica and Smoky Rose Mica, the popular Soul Red makes its debut on Mazda2, while Aluminium Metallic, Black Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Gunmetal Blue Mica and Metropolitan Grey Mica round out the palette.

Cheaper than the previous model, prices start at $14,990 for the Neo, $16,990 for the Maxx and $19,990 for the Genki.

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