Geneva Motor Show: Mazda unveils all-new Mazda2 subcompact
( Autoinsidernews ) - Mazda has officially unveiled its all-new Mazda2 subcompact at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. We've shown plenty of photos of the new Mazda2, but now we have the details on Mazda's new B-car. The Mazda2 has been redesigned from the ground up and is the first of Mazda's next-generation line up.
While cars continue to grow in size, the new Mazda2 is nearly 2 inches shorter than its predecessor, but still meets demands of subcompact customers. The Mazda2 is about 220 lbs lighter than its predecessor, yet Mazda also made improvements in safety, body rigidity, and noise, vibration, and harshness. The 1.3L version has a preliminary rating of 43.6 mpg combined.
The Mazda2 will initially be available with either a 1.3L MZR engine - in 75-hp and 84-hp derivatives depending on market - or a 103-hp 1.5L MZR. A few months after launch, Mazda will introduce a MZ-CD 1.4L diesel for the European market. With new powertrains, lighter weight and better aerodynamics, the new Mazda2 will deliver up to about 15 percent better fuel economy than the previous model, with the Mazda2 with the 1.3L engine getting a preliminary rating of 5.4 L/100 km (43.6 mpg). Weighing in at just under 2,100 lbs, the Mazda2 with the 103-hp 1.5L engine should fulfill Mazda's Zoom-Zoom branding.