Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted March 25, 2015 13:56
Mazda goes Soul Red and SkyActiv in Bangkok
Mazda debuts the 1.3-liter SkyActiv-G powered Mazda2 at the 36th Bangkok International Motor Show. To further highlight its SkyActiv sporting heritage, Mazda highlighted their display with a predominantly Soul Red finished passenger car lineup of the Mazda2 and Mazda3.
The Mazda2 was introduced with a diesel 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D engine during the sedan’s global debut in Bangkok last year, which also featured similarly powered hatchback versions which are compliant to the Thai government’s "eco-car" program. This year Mazda has rolled out gas-fed 1.3-liter SkyActiv-G powered versions
The engine is rated at 93 PS with 123 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed SkyActiv automatic gearbox. It comes with iStop (auto start/stop) and iEloop regenerative brake system. For safety, it comes with ABS, EBD, DSC and dual front airbags.
The 1.3-liter gas-fed version is expected to debut in the Philippine market this year as the Japanese brand hopes to gain lost ground in the competitive compact segment. It is still unclear whether a 1.5-liter version will also be released. As previously reported, Mazda will supply vehicles to ASEAN and Oceania through the Auto Alliance Thailand facility in Rayong.