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2016 Mazda 2 Adds Style, Sophistication to Subcompact Car Class

2016 Mazda 2 Adds Style, Sophistication to Subcompact Car Class

By Jeff Youngs,

Mazda has unveiled its redesigned 2016 Mazda 2, an entry-level small car available in a 5-door hatchback body style. As was widely expected, the new Mazda 2 is based on the Mazda Hazumi concept vehicle, and is equipped with fuel-saving Skyactiv engine technologies as well as new infotainment options and safety systems.

The fourth Mazda model to adopt the automaker's Kodo (Soul of Motion) design language, the 2016 Mazda 2 is clearly related to the larger Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 models, as well as the CX-5 crossover SUV. Called the Demio in other global markets, the new Mazda 2 displays clear family styling cues, including a trapezoidal grille, frowning lighting elements front and rear, and intersecting body lines that give the car's flanks added character.

Inside, minimalism is the rule, the available Mazda Connect infotainment system operated using a rotary knob mounted on the center console. Mazda Connect pairs with the owner's smartphone to provide access to Internet radio, social media platforms, text messaging, and more. Available 2-tone color schemes and metallic accents provide a premium look and feel.

Mazda also plans to offer safety systems from its i-Activesense family of technologies, which includes features designed to help the driver avoid an accident and, if that's not possible, to do as much as they can to prepare for a collision.

In Japan, where the new Mazda 2/Demio will first launch, the car will be available with a choice between a 1.3-liter, Skyactiv 4-cylinder engine and a 1.5-liter, Skyactiv clean diesel 4-cylinder engine. Final specifications for the U.S. market will be announced closer to the Mazda 2's on-sale date.

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