Mazda 2 Updated
22nd June, 2005
The Mazda 2 now features a dynamic new look and host of significant mechanical upgrades that boost performance and cut exhaust emissions.
Mazda 2 becomes the only volume-selling car in its class offering Activematic automatic transmission, which incorporates a manual gear selection mode, across the range.
All Mazda 2 models are powered by an 82 kilowatt, 1.5-litre engine and the range remains priced from $15,990 with air conditioning.
Activematic-equipped models deliver improved economy with average fuel consumption falling from 7.2 to 7.0L/100km under 81/01 testing.
Outside, the new Mazda 2 is instantly recognisable with the front guards and bonnet redesigned, while the bumper, grille and larger headlamps have been changed to give the five-door hatch a more contemporary and sporty appearance.
At the back there are revised lamps, a wider, slimmer LED high mount stop lamp and a new rear bumper that incorporates two round reflectors at each end.
Restyled 14-inch wheel trims on the Neo, a new 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheel on mid grade Maxx models, new-look side skirts, “sports” grille and front bumper incorporating round driving lights on the Genki, and a range of new colours complete the exterior makeover.
Of the 11 colours on offer, four are new to the Mazda 2 – Carbon Grey mica, Mocha mica, Iris Blue mica and Blazing Yellow mica. The yellow is an exclusive launch colour for Genki.
Metallic or mica paint is a no cost option on all Mazda passenger cars. Inside, the Mazda 2’s spacious, high quality cabin receives new trim colours and materials.
The Mazda 2 remains a safety leader, being the first car in its class to offer six airbags and ABS brakes across all models. This class-leading safety pack, which is standard on the Genki, is an option on Neo and Maxx models and is priced at just $1,150.
Standard safety features include dual front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, anti-whiplash front seats and an intrusion-minimising brake pedal that reduces the chance of foot, ankle and lower leg injuries.
As well as the long list of safety features, standard equipment on $15,990 Neo models includes air conditioning, a CD player, 14-inch tyres, central locking, power steering and an engine immobiliser.
Drivers of Mazda 2 Maxx and Genki, which boast among other items a six in-dash CD player, steering wheel mounted audio controls and driver’s seat height adjustment, will appreciate a new retractable-type key that enables the key blade to fold out of the way when not in use. The central locking buttons are now contained within the fob.
The managing director of Mazda Australia, Doug Dickson, said: “The Mazda 2 has been a great success and a fitting entry model into the new generation Mazda line-up."
“This update, which offers a number of significant changes and improvements can only add to the car’s appeal and class-leading dynamics and quality."
“We are confident that it will further improve sales given its new specification and added value as the new Mazda 2 range goes on sale at essentially the same prices as before”.
Mechanically, engine modifications that include revised exhaust gas timing and the adoption of an electronic throttle, help boost torque delivery between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm and improve linear acceleration feel.
The 1.5-litre Sequential Valve Timing (SV-T) engine, which develops a strong 82 kilowatts of power and 141Nm of torque, now complies with the strict Euro Step III emission regulations. Engine weight has been trimmed by 2.2 kilograms.
Other mechanical upgrades include the addition of electric power steering, a system that is based on the unit found in the company’s RX-8 flagship.
The electric assistance ensures light steering at low speed, while delivering a heavier, more controlled feel from the rack and pinion unit at medium to high speed.
Mazda 2 offers great in town maneuverability with just 2.7 turns lock-to-lock and a compact 9.8m turning circle.
The Mazda 2’s body is also stiffer than before, improving both NVH levels and dynamics. The car employs a strut front and torsion beam rear suspension.
The braking system has been upgraded to further improve its linear feel and effectiveness, ensuring that the Mazda 2 satisfies the most demanding drivers.
Since 2003 Mazda 2 sales have averaged 415, comfortably outperforming its 300 a month target by 38 per cent.
The new model is expected to improve this impressive sales pace, lifting sales to approximately 440 a month.
All Mazda passenger cars are protected by a three year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
**Safety pack includes front side and curtain airbags (four airbags in total) and ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist
(Correct as at 20th June 2005)