All-New 2016 Mazda2 Revealed With SKYACTIV Philosophy

Having successfully completed redesigns on the compact Mazda3, mid-size Mazda6 and CX-5 SUV in the last few years, the company has revealed the results of its latest efforts.

After seven model years in North America, the Mazda2 subcompact will be replaced by an all-new version, which although called a “2016,” will arrive early in calendar year ’15.

New Mazda Connect screen, trio of HVAC controls and simple layout.

New Mazda Connect screen, trio of HVAC controls and simple layout.

The new 2 shares much of the larger 3′s sleek five-door hatchback silhouette, although perhaps not the same level of curvature. The interior is similarly inspired by the Mazda3, with a tablet-esque Mazda Connect screen popping out of the dash, and secondary controls spread over the console and steering wheel.

Mazda also promises several active and passive safety systems that will be explained in more detail later.

Plenty of family genes found in the new Mazda2.

Plenty of family genes found in the new Mazda2.

The 2 gets all the neat SKYACTIV engineering, meaning a complete rethink on components, efficiency and most importantly weight. Although official figures are yet to be confirmed, Mazda enthusiasts can be virtually guaranteed that the 2016 2 will weigh less than the current one.

While other markets will get a pair of new SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engines (1.3- and 1.5 liters) the SKYACTIV-G gas-burning 1.5-liter four-cylinder will likely be the only choice in North America. Although not confirmed, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are the most likely choices.