JDM version of the refreshed Mazda2 debuts in Japan
It's official. After a leak of what appeared to be the refreshed hatchback made its way to the internet, the 2020 Mazda2 has been revealed in Japan.
Taking inspiration from the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6, the five-door hatchback gets a fresher, more upmarket look. Slimmer headlights, as well as a new front grill now don its front fascia. It also has a new front bumper design and 16-inch alloy wheels that Mazda claims will improve its on-road presence. Topping it all off are a new set of taillights and a cleaner-looking rear bumper.
While the exterior received noticeable changes, the cabin gets a relatively subtle update. New color schemes on the cabin give the hatchback a livelier look and feel. New, however, are the front seats which have been redesigned for a more comfortable ride. There is also the optional power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function.
The MZD Connect infotainment system has been upgraded as well and now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Beyond that, other key upgrades made on the Mazda2 include: auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive LED headlights, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function.
Under the hood, a total of two engine choices are available for the JDM Mazda2. First up is the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four which is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Output figures were not mentioned but it may still produce 108 PS and 139 Nm of torque.
The other engine option is the 1.8-liter SkyActiv-D turbo-diesel which is only available with a six-speed automatic. First launched for the CX-3 back in 2018, the engine produces 115 PS along with 270 Nm of torque.
Besides giving it a new look inside and out, Mazda was also busy underneath its chassis. It has a new suspension system which Mazda claims will deliver a smoother ride without compromising its sharp handling. In addition, the Japan-spec Mazda2 is now available with the i-Eloop regenerative braking system which helps improve fuel economy.
With the all-new Mazda2 now available in Japan, does this mean the Philippines will follow suit? We'll have to wait and see as Mazda Philippines currently sources the Mazda2 from Thailand, not from Japan. Hopefully, the units that will be built in Thailand will have the same level of equipment as its JDM equivalent, as well as have the diesel engine available as an option.