Mazda has updated its Mazda2 range adding G-Vectoring Control technology along with suspension and steering tweaks and an upgraded interior.
Now exclusively offered with Mazda’s 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, the simplified eight-model range starts at £12,695 for the 75ps SE, while the 75ps engine is also offered in SE-L trim. Making up the bulk of the range the 90ps version of the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine is offered in SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT trim, while the 115ps engine is exclusively matched to the flagship GT Sport and a six-speed manual gearbox.
All models feature new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and revised door mirrors with wraparound indicators. Mazda promises enhanced refinement across the range thanks to the adoption of noise-insulating glass in the windscreen and additional under bonnet sound proofing. Plus, to reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin from the rear, sound absorbing material has been added to the inside of the tailgate, the parcel shelf and the spare wheel well.
Subtle enhancements to the Mazda2’s dynamics include revisions to front and rear damper settings for improved ride quality, says Mazda, along with changes to the front anti-roll bar bushing and the structure of the front lower suspension arm for better body control. In addition, a recalibration of the electric power steering is said to deliver improved steering feel.
G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which made its debut on the 2017 Mazda3, is now standard across the Mazda2 range. GVC varies engine torque to optimise loading on the wheels when cornering for more precise handling and improved comfort, says Mazda.
Across the key trim levels the upgraded Mazda2 now features additional equipment: SE-L and SE-L Nav cars now feature LED front fog lamps, auto power-folding mirrors and passenger seat height adjustment, while Sport Nav models benefit from subtle visual enhancements including new 16-inch alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna.
New Deep Crimson Mica and Eternal Blue Mica paint colours are exclusive to the GT and GT Sport models. LED headlights and daytime running lights, a black rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels further distinguish these new flagship models, while inside both feature black leather seats with a brown dash insert, a colour head-up display, Mazda2 scuff plates and, on the 115ps GT Sport, a reversing camera.
On the safety front, all 90ps and 115ps powered cars feature Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System. All cars outside of the entry-level 75ps engine models come with a 7” Colour touchscreen display with MZD-Connect infotainment system, integrated navigation, DAB radio and cruise control, while Sport Nav and GT-Line models also feature privacy glass, rear parking sensors, climate control air conditioning and smart keyless entry.
Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director Mazda Motors UK said, “These updates come just two years after the current Mazda2’s launch but they are designed to ensure the Mazda2 remains a class-leading contender in what remains the biggest selling segment in the UK car market. Our simplified eight-model line-up has been created based on feedback from our customers and dealers, and with the new GT and GT Sport models we have two standout models that deliver the high-end equipment, premium looks and high-quality discerning small car buyers are looking for.”
The revised eight-model Mazda2 range goes on sale from 1 June 2017.