By on July 16, 2014

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Carscoops got their hands on the first photos of the all-new 2015 Mazda2, which is expected to get its official debut at September’s Paris Auto Show.

For North America, expect to see a 1.5L Skyactiv 4-cylinder engine making 100 horsepower. World markets will likely get a 1.5L diesel making 104 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. No word on what this one weighs, but the last Mazda2 weighs just 2,300 lbs. This on should be a lightweight as well.

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66 Comments on “2015 Mazda2 Revealed...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Wow. Much improve. Very stiles. So dignitary.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Another car I knew of way back in original Gran Turismo, as the Demio.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_Demio#mediaviewer/File:1999-2001_Mazda_Demio_rear.jpg

    I never understood what it was, only that it was very slow. But I liked the psuedo-SUV look. I believe in television shows I’ve seen the Demio in NYC traffic as a cab. Anybody know if they were imported here a while back especially for cab duty?

    • 0 avatar
      juicy sushi

      Demio as a cab? In the US? Given how small it is, I don’t think it’s possible. 0.0

    • 0 avatar
      luvmyv8

      Ah, I remember that! The first Gran Turismo. The Mazda Demio. Looked like a mini MPV. Performed like one too.

      It was the first car you could win in the game, I think the Sunday Cup Challenge, you won it everytime you raced that series. Totally useless in context of racing, but useful as you could win it in a very easy series, sell it and repeat…. an easy way to build up money in that game and get a better car, or upgrade one. Memories…..

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Yes! The Sunday Cup! I could win with my…

        Dark red ’95 Eunos Cosmo from the used store!

        It was massive against all the little Cappuccinos and Suzuki Wagon R’s in there. Silly computer with those “new” cars against my old one. There was no penalty for using a bigger and more powerful car.

        The Demio resale was about CR9,000 if I recall correctly, and the Sunday Cup had the shortest races (Autumn Circuit) with the least laps. It was the quickest way to build up cash to buy better things… Like a used blue/white Corvette Gran Sport.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Wow, that looks much better.

    A more powerful version would be nice though. 150 hp would make this thing quite a performer while still offering great fuel economy.

  • avatar
    Tinn-Can

    What happened to the renderings wheels without the SUV like wheel gap? Sure they were a little melty, but that wheel gap…

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Exterior looks great. Aggressive enough to be interesting, without being over-the-top.

    But the interior is the real win — so simple and tasteful.

  • avatar

    Pretty good, but the windshield is too swept back. That is a big problem in small cars like this. Seems to be a little less inclined than the Corsa from yesterday, which will help.

    • 0 avatar
      Willyam

      Interesting observation. Is this for highway fuel mileage? I know many shoppers are quite amazed when kei-sized subcompacts get worse mileage than larger cars, and it’s all due to aero limitations.

      I recently saw an indicated 46 with a mild tailwind in a rental Sonic, and I’ve seen 42 in Focuses. The longer body and smooth rake I guess.

      • 0 avatar
        Wheatridger

        Just an aero-looking styling indicator, I’d suspect. If you look at a raindrop or a fish, nature’s perfect aero forms, a blunt front is permissible as long as the back of the shape is as far from blunt as possible. Because air is easily compressible, but it resists ripping apart into a partial vacuum at the rear end.

        I’d guess that tough pedestrian crash standards work towards extremely swept-back windshields, since they eliminate the hard smack you’d get from an upright windshield. That doesn’t mean I like today’s flat windshields: they mean too much upwards-facing glass, that gathers too much heat. They also stretch today’s A-pillars to semi-hiding lengths.

        • 0 avatar

          Yes, I agree with Wheatridger. Though highway efficiency is surely a factor, it is more an excuse designers use to design what is perceived as modern (much like the non flush lights, designers cite wind buffeting but it could be done other ways). A little les inclination would give more internal space and diminish some of the problems mentioned, without penalizing too much, but it’d be a much less modern design. It’ll go away in time.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Looks good from the front and side, but not liking the shot from the rear, the C-pillar looks funky from that angle. Glad the changed up the grill a little with the body color bar. Overall, pretty sharp. Will have to wait to see it in person though.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I’m surprised how good it looks from the side, but yes, that back end is quite bland.

      The stripe down the middle of the seats is odd–at least from that limited view.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Looks very ford focus-y.

    But regardless a massive improvement from all corners.

  • avatar
    319583076

    I think it looks better than the new 3, I wonder how the drive compares?

    • 0 avatar

      Yes agreed. The new Mazda design language proportions work much better on the Mazda2 and the 6. There is something about the 3 that is just not right.

    • 0 avatar
      ...m...

      …the current-generation 2 resoundingly trounced its peer-generation 3 in handling, so i’d expect this one to maintain a similar lead: twenty-five percent less weight constitutes a considerable advantage…

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Front looks great, would have to see it in person though. The hatch on the current Mazda3 is too steeply raked for my liking, and you see it more in person than in pictures. I wonder if this car suffers from the same design.

    This car should be a strong contender for Mazda; their Achilles heel (road noise) matters less in this class than it does for the 3 and 6.

  • avatar
    El duce

    Lemme guess… will sticker close to 30k fully loaded too.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Everything stickers close to 30k fully loaded, big deal. Back in the day, you could option a Biscayne up to Cadillac levels.

      • 0 avatar
        ...m...

        …i paid just about twenty for mine, fully-optioned with a complete array of dealer-installed OEM accessories; this one will likely be priced similarly…if you want to approach thirty thousand, you really need to start with a ‘speed 3 and throw every available option at it…

    • 0 avatar
      djsyndrome

      You can’t cross 20k in the current 2. Highly doubt the new one will be any more expensive as production is moving to Mexico.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      “Doctor, doctor! It hurts when I raise my arm like this!”

      Seriously, unless you want to option up a car, why do you care what the price is of the optioned-upped car?

  • avatar
    ijbrekke

    Proportions are better than the Mazda 3, actually.

    That front license plate is still gonna be a disaster though. Easily the worst part of the design.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Yeah, the design language fits this better than the 3. If the mileage is good, this might just be my next buggy. They fixed all the interior and exterior stuff I didn’t like about the current 2.

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    bravo mazda, much improved.

  • avatar
    mjz

    I don’t like how they made one of the vents straight instead of having another round one on the instrument panel. Looks like something’s missing, like they forgot to put one on.

  • avatar
    djsyndrome

    I’ve been waffling between dumping my current 2 for a larger Mazda, but I might just move to this. The only things I don’t like (cheap interior and lack of infotainment) look to be solved here, and both fascias are a huge improvement over the current model.

  • avatar
    npaladin2000

    Very nice, now let’s see the Mazdaspeed version with the 2.0L SkyActiv :)

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      2.5 SkyActiv, Fiesta ST owners will be left in the dust. ;)

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        184 hp & ~2200 lb? Egad.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        Don’t know if it would be desirable to have a big 2.5 motor dragging the snout of this 2200lb car around.

        • 0 avatar
          Drewlssix

          How much more dose the 2.5 weigh compared to the 2.0 ? Same engine family mind you. The old v6 motors came in 1.8 2.0 and 2.5l and all weighed essentially the same.

          • 0 avatar
            npaladin2000

            That’s because all those engines had the same block and essentially the same exterior dimensions. The SkyActiv engine “family” isn’t an engine family is the traditional sense of sharing heads, blocks, or both. All SkyActiv engines have unique dimensions, they just share a design philosophy (and maybe that funky piston top design). Has to do with their unique engine manufacturing methods.

    • 0 avatar
      njmx

      IMHO its the suspension that makes the FiST so much fun, not the power. Ford did a really nice job tuning it for grins.

      But its possible that mazdaspeed could match it /shrug

    • 0 avatar
      boogieman99

      Ditto. If they drop the 2.0 into the 2015 2, many pants will be shat

  • avatar
    juicy sushi

    I am liking the Kodo design language increasingly less over time. That character line on the side of the car fits with nothing else and just looks ridiculous. It was bad on the 6, worse on the 3 with its ridiculous high hips and even worse here.

    • 0 avatar
      otaku

      Pretty sure I dislike Mazda’s new styling direction more than just about anyone else. I mean yeesh, I guess they’re determined to graft that ugly toucan beak onto the front of everything they crank out these days.

      If you ask me they just traded one awkward looking face for another.

      Also, doesn’t the current 1.5L make only 100hp right now? I would’ve figured that the direct injection and other assorted SkyActive gizmos would’ve added at least another five horses or so.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Can actual humans fit in there?

    • 0 avatar
      johnhowington

      A normal 300 lb american might have difficulty if that is what you are asking.

    • 0 avatar
      djsyndrome

      I’m 6′ and a shade under 200, and I fit in the current 2 just fine. The seat height adjuster is not entirely vertical; going lower also moves you further away from the wheel and pedals to the point where I almost have to fully extend to reach them. You get a bit more of a ‘bathtub’ feeling, but it’s better than, say, a BRZ.

      This new one is quite a bit longer (160mm / 6 inches), so hopefully some of that translates to even more interior room. A telescoping wheel would help too.

    • 0 avatar
      ...m...

      …we fit four large adult males in mine perfectly comfortably; its packaging is fine for jaunts about town and road trips, both…

    • 0 avatar
      turboprius

      I couldn’t fit in the backseat of one at an auto show in 2012, and I was only 5’9″ with a 32 inch inseam. Maybe the front seat was all the way back and reclined some. At that show, it was the only car I couldn’t fit in. In fact, I fit better in the third row of a 2014 Outlander with the second row up (taller) than I did in the 2.

  • avatar
    Syke

    Perfect timing. The 2015 model year is when I’ll be shopping for a replacement for my 2005 xB. This is definitely high on my list.

  • avatar
    rockets

    I’m surprised at the 100hp rating. I had thought Skyactiv would have bumped it up to 115 to 125 or so, much more competitive for its class in terms of performance. Are we talking EPA ratings of 35/45?

    • 0 avatar
      npaladin2000

      For some reason the SkyActiv modifications haven’t been as successful on displacements below 2L. There’s a 1.3L out there too, only gets 83 HP. I think the 1.5L gets 115 HP with high compression, but then it would require premium gas, and I don’t think that would go over well in a subcompact.

      • 0 avatar
        rockets

        So maybe not the 25 % increase or so in both hp and mpg. Hopefully it is at least as fun to drive. A friend has an ’11 and it is a blast if you flog it.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        I have a feeling that despite their corporate spin, they really do tune the different sized engines differently. Anything a 1.3L or 1.5L engine goes into has to have efficiency as the priority, so I would expect lower hp numbers as a result. (Also note that the SkyActiv 2 in Japan has a stellar efficiency rating, even considering it’s on the Japan test cycle.)

        The current 2 really doesn’t get that great of mpg, at least not what it should be. I really expect that to be fixed with this new one. If they were able to cut a similar amount of weight as with their other cars (doubtful if it’s larger), then maintaining the hp will still give it some extra pep.

        Another detail is that the Toyota clone of the 2 will also get the SkyActiv engine, so it probably was designed to satisfy their requirements, too.

    • 0 avatar
      ...m...

      …with the manual gearbox, one hundred horsepower is honestly plenty for street driving in a 2300-pound car; more than enough to pull through traffic with ease if you’re willing to wind it up properly and drive with conviction…

      • 0 avatar

        And know how to actually drive. Less hp is actually fun this way, if you do it right, you keep speed and follow along or overtake easily. If you depend on a squeeze of the accelerator to compensate for mistakes, you might try but find it’s not there.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      Agree w/rockets. Mazda was getting 116hp out of a 1.6 in 1990…you’d think they could get that out of this 1.5 now. Even 16 more hp would make a difference in such a lightweight car.

    • 0 avatar
      Drewlssix

      When the 2 first came here it was compared with the 120 hp ford. The mag claimed the mazda was faster despite the apparent disadvantage.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    Another good looking Mazda! I bet this one will sell particularly well in Europe.

  • avatar

    It looks so good, I never understood why Mazda not selling more cars in the US, how can you see this and buy a Yaris?

  • avatar
    omer333

    I don’t know why, but the rear-end when seen from the profile is way better looking than on the Mazda3 hatchback.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    Well, I can’t say it’s good looking. I must be getting too old, so many ugly cars anymore.

  • avatar
    bd2

    Looks good, altho I have the same issue with the shape of the greenhouse, as I do with the Mazda3.

    Now, aside from the new Miata, all Mazda needs to do is replace the CX-9.

  • avatar
    I_S

    Love the minimalist interior with the two-tone dash. I also agree with some of the posts saying that it wears the current design language better than the 3 hatch (which has too long of a good, not enough wagon). I just hope the cargo capacity is better than the current gen. That, and ~130hp to match the new Fit would be most welcomed.


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