Mazda has unveiled an updated version of its Mazda 2 Hybrid, showcasing distinct design changes that set it apart from its previous iteration.
Interestingly, the Mazda 2 and the Mazda 2 Hybrid are different in terms of their design aesthetics. The Mazda 2 exhibits the brand's signature look, while the Mazda 2 Hybrid is essentially a modified Toyota Yaris catered to the European market. These two models coexist in the lineup.
For its 2024 update, the Mazda 2 Hybrid sports a revamped front design featuring a distinctive Mazda-esque bumper and grille. The rear also sees subtle changes, marked by a tailgate garnish that matches the body colour.
Even though its primary framework is reminiscent of the Yaris, the new face of the Mazda 2 Hybrid seems to resonate more with Mazda's original line-up. Additionally, the model introduces a new exterior colour: Glass Blue.
A collaboration between Mazda and Toyota that began in 2015 has allowed Mazda to integrate Toyota’s hybrid technology into its cars. This tech is not only present in the Mazda 2 Hybrid but also makes an appearance in the CX-50 crossover in China.
The Mazda 2 Hybrid's engine setup includes a 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid, with a petrol engine delivering 68kW/120Nm and an electric motor providing 59kW/141Nm. This combination results in a total power output of 85kW. Detailed combined torque specifications have not been provided. The hybrid system relies on a 177.6 V lithium-ion battery positioned beneath the rear seating area.
In terms of efficiency, the model claims fuel consumption between 3.8L-4.3L/100km based on the WLTP combined cycle. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.7 seconds.
Customers can choose from several trims: Prime-line, Centre-line, Exclusive-line, Homura, and Homura Plus. The premium Homura Plus version comes equipped with a 10.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, a 10-inch head-up display in colour, and a panoramic sunroof. More basic versions are fitted with a 9.0-inch touchscreen.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time Mazda and Toyota have shared models. The current Mazda 2, in its original form, was adapted by Toyota for the North American audience and underwent various naming transitions, including Scion iA and Toyota Yaris iA, among others. The primary change for these models was a redesigned front end.
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