The 2015 Demio looks a great deal like the Hazumi concept vehicle that rolled onto Mazda’s Geneva Motor Show stage last March, so those who like that stylish hatchback should be pleased with what the automaker has done with the new production car’s design. As expected, the company’s new trademark five-point grille looks much like it does on the larger Mazda3, 6 and CX-5, as does the brand’s unique headlight treatment. The new Demio is proof that the automaker’s Kodo design language works well on any size vehicle, car or crossover.
It’s a bit too far down the Japanese brand’s pipeline to be discussing North American specifications for this next-gen Mazda2, but overseas models will come with three engine choices including a 99-horsepower 1.3-litre four-cylinder, a 104-horsepower 1.5-litre four, both gasoline-powered, plus a 1.5-litre clean diesel. A six-speed manual will come standard with a six-speed automatic optional. The engines will incorporate Mazda’s SkyActiv technologies, which include high compression and direct injection for stronger performance and fuel economy. The new car is expected to be lighter than the outgoing model too.
We can expect the European version of the Mazda2 to arrive at the Paris Motor Show in October, while its first stop in North America will likely be Los Angeles in November.
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