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2016 Mazda2 Debuts in Japan With Hazumi Design Cues

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/17/2014 Alex Nishimoto
2016 Mazda2 Japanese Spec Turning© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda2 Japanese Spec Turning

The 2016 Mazda2 has debuted in Japan, where it's known as the Demio. As expected, the model draws heavily from the Hazumi concept that debuted at this year's Geneva auto show. Though the car pictured is for Japan and other markets, it gives us a good idea of what to expect for the U.S. model.

2016 Mazda2 Japanese Spec Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda2 Japanese Spec Side View

Naturally, Mazda's Kodo design language finds its way onto the subcompact hatchback, making the Mazda2 look like a shrunken-down version of the Mazda3 hatch. Just as it is on the Mazda3 and Mazda6, the dash-to-axle ratio looks to be improved. As we previously reported, the global Mazda2's powertrains will include direct-injected Skyactiv-G 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter gasoline engines. A 1.5-liter Syactiv-D turbodiesel engine will also be available, and Mazda says the oil-burning mill will provide torque comparable to a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. In addition, the Mazda2 is based on a next-gen Skyactiv chassis optimized for efficiency and driving fun.

The Japan-spec Mazda2 will also sport the company's next-gen Mazda Connect infotainment system, along with a range of iACTIVSENSE advanced safety features. For now, we don't know how much of this will translate to the U.S.-spec Mazda2, but you can likely expect it to look a lot like the car you see here. Check out all the photos in the gallery below.

Source: Mazda


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