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New Mazda 2 gears up for UK launch

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If there’s one brand that has made a complete turnaround in recent years, it has to be Mazda. The Japanese company has updated all of its range since 2012, barring the 5 MPV, which is soon to be killed off, and the MX-5 sports car, which will be replaced with a chic new model in July.

The latest model to receive the sharp new lines that Mazda is rolling out across the range is the 2 supermini. This compact car will compete with immensely popular rivals from the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa to the Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 208.

Helping this five-door hatchback to stand out in a very competitive market, the 2 boasts angular styling that takes cues from the larger 6 saloon and 3 hatchback. The 2 also receives new engines – three 1.5-litre petrols with 74bhp to 113bhp and a 1.5-litre diesel with 104bhp, which should all prove cheap to run thanks to Mazda’s ‘Skyactiv’ fuel saving tech.

Estimated fuel economy figures for the petrol models stand at 57.6mpg to 62.8mpg, with even the most polluting car falling into the £30 per year car tax band. Meanwhile the diesel should be capable of more than 80mpg, with estimated CO2 emissions of around 89g/km – low enough to ensure free car tax under the current system.

The new car should offer a spacious and comfortable interior with class-leading rear legroom according to Mazda and a long list of standard equipment including the option of a heads-up display – a first in the supermini class – that displays driving information on the windscreen. Other new kit includes a blind spot monitoring system, which warns the driver of cars approaching over their shoulder, even when reversing.

True to its bigger siblings, the 2 should offer sporty handling around corners and gives buyers the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox. The brand new 2 hatchback is set to take over the baton from the current model in the UK from early 2015. 

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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