The 2020 Mazda2, an upgraded version of the company's popular B-segment hatchback, features a new, more sophisticated design, new Skyactiv-Technologies and enhanced i-Activsense safety features. It brings unprecedented levels of quality, refinement and driving enjoyment to the compact car market.
SOPHISTICATED AND PRESTIGIOUS EXTERIOR DESIGN
The Mazda2 designers have imbued the new hatchback with a sense of width, stability and elegance by simplifying and eliminating elements. It is styled with simple yet rich surfacing, and a horizontal emphasis to reinforce the car's broad stance and low centre of gravity.
Within the compact package, the front and rear bumpers, front grille, headlights and rear combination lights have been updated to create a finely chiseled, sculpted form with a luxurious, premium quality appearance.
The signature wing has been significantly extended for a wider, more bold appearance, and the wing tips underscore a sharp new LED headlamp design. The adoption of a stud pattern in the grille design gives it a solid yet dynamic look.
The lower front and rear bumpers feature horizontal plated trim garnishes at their extremities to further reinforce both the prestige of the new design and the wide, planted appearance of the vehicle. And newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels are trimmed with high-gloss paint to further heighten the premium appearance of the new Mazda2.
HIGH-QUALITY INTERIOR DESIGN WITH NEW COLOUR COORDINATION
The proven colour schemes and excellent finish of the interior have been further refined by the addition of three new, distinctive and individual interior schemes. They incorporate new leather upholstery, door and dash trim, kneepads, and air-conditioning vent louvers to reinforce the premium visual and tactile quality of the updated cabin.
Leather interiors feature a mature colour scheme based on a Blue-Grey shade, the appearance of which alters subtly in changing light. The Black Granlux (a suede-like artificial leather) interior finish with white accents creates a modern, urban-focused look.
The high-grade fabric interior features a deep Navy Blue accented with warm Silver for an airy yet dignified feel. And the standard fabric interior combines Brown and Black to create a soft, chic ambience.
These leather and fabric interiors use rich, high-quality materials and refined colour coordination to emphasise a feeling of both spaciousness and prestige.
ENHANCED CABIN QUIETNESS
Mazda's research into NVH has resulted in a new approach to the control of sounds entering the cabin, providing a higher quality quietness for all occupants that enables natural conversation to be enjoyed in any seat.
A thicker cabin ceiling headliner, the addition of back door seal lips and vibration damping material on the inner rear wheel housing have improved sound absorption and sound insulation performance, particularly for rear seat occupants. Damper improvements and newly developed tyres also suppress road surface vibration and reduce road noise.
All of these measures minimise the intrusion of sound and promptly control reverberant and reflected sound to deliver a pleasantly hushed interior that sets a new benchmark for compact car interior quietness.
NEW FRONT SEAT DESIGN
The design for a new front seat focused on the fact that when people walk, and the pelvis is upright, they are inherently capable of maintaining balance and keeping their head stable.
This was incorporated into Mazda's thinking on next-generation technology concepts, resulting in redesigned seats that keep the pelvis upright to maintain the spine's natural S curve, which is considered to be the ideal sitting posture.
To achieve this, the seat's internal structure has been redesigned and fine tuned. Changes to the spring rate, additions including torsion springs which suppress occupant body roll, and support materials, as well as the adoption of high-damping urethane keep the pelvis upright in a structure that makes it easy to maintain this state.
As a result the new front seats are not only exceptionally comfortable, but also prevent the occupant's line of sight from wavering on curves or during lane changes, increase the sense of oneness with the car and improve ease of driving.
AUTO-DIMMING REAR VIEW MIRROR
This feature helps driver concentration during night driving. When the auto-dimming rear view mirror detects light from the headlights of following vehicles that is stronger than a preset level, it automatically changes the rearview mirror's reflectivity, reducing glare experienced by the driver.
STEERING WHEEL HEATER
The steering wheel has a built-in heater which quickly heats the grip to offer comfortable, safe driving in winter. 30 minutes after being switched on it will automatically deactivate.
APPLE CARPLAY® AND ANDROID AUTO™
The Mazda Connect system in the Updated Mazda2 supports Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Through a simple USB connection to the car's system, customers can easily use applications on their smartphone via Mazda Connect's Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Usable applications are limited according to the individual smartphone's in-car system.
Apple CarPlay® allows occupants to make calls, send messages, listen to Apple Music®, and get directions with Apple Maps® through Siri® voice control. Android Auto™ uses the 'OK Google' voice commands system to access Google Maps, Google Play Music, media, and messaging apps in the car.
UPDATED SUSPENSION SYSTEM
Incorporating Mazda's latest technology concepts has facilitated a balance of linearity in response to handling and ride comfort, at a higher level than ever before.
The saturation characteristics of the front and rear dampers have been optimised. The valve design of both the front and rear dampers has been changed, and the rear dampers further benefit from an increased radius.
These modifications increase damping force in the low-speed damping range on reasonably even road surfaces for smoother movement, while decreasing damping force in the high-speed damping range when driving on rough roads, resulting in significantly improved smoothness and stability.
In addition, a change of the rear damper top mount to a urethane type reduces spring characteristics for enhanced responsiveness to fine vibrations and improved ride comfort.
This upgraded suspension system demonstrates linear damping force at the slightest input, while firmly suppressing bounce in response to larger inputs to achieve a high-quality ride.
G-VECTORING CONTROL PLUS (GVC PLUS)
GVC Plus introduces technology that further enhances handling stability by using the brakes to add direct yaw moment control to the conventional engine control of GVC.
As the driver steers out of a corner by returning the steering wheel to the center position, GVC Plus applies a light braking force to the outer wheels, providing a stabilizing moment that helps restore the vehicle to straight line running. The system realises consistently smooth transitions between yaw, roll and pitch even under high cornering forces, improving the vehicle's ability to accurately track sudden steering inputs and exit corners crisply.
In addition to improving handling in emergency collision avoidance maneuvers, GVC Plus offers a reassuring feeling of control when changing lanes at high speeds on the highway and when driving on snow or other slippery road surfaces.
The new 2020 Mazda2 is available with a choice of three Skyactiv-G 1,5l, DOHC 16 valve petrol engine, front-wheel drive powertrains - 75 PS and 90 PS MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) variants with six-speed manual transmissions, and a 90 PS unit mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The 75 PS unit develops maximum power at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 135 Nm at 3800rpm. It will accelerate the Mazda2 from 0-100km/h in 11.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 171km/h, whilst returning a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.1l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 94g/km.
The 90 PS engine develops maximum power at 6000rpm, and maximum torque of 148Nm at 4000rpm. It offers 0-100km/h acceleration in 9.8 seconds and a 183kph maximum speed. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 4.1l/100km and 94g/km respectively.
Combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 90 PS unit matches the power and torque out of the MHEV variant, accelerates from 0-100km/h in 12.0 seconds and has a top speed of 177km/h. Combined fuel consumption is 5.2l/100km and CO2 emissions 118g/km.
M HYBRID TECHNOLOGY FOR ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
Mazda's Skyactiv-eSync electrification technologies work together with the company's highly efficient Skyactiv engines to not only improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions but also to enhance the quality of the driving experience.
These technologies deliver efficient, smooth, high-quality dynamic performance by coordinating and harmonizing the functions of all actuators and motors, including the engine, transmission and brakes.
75 PS and 90 PS manual transmission versions of the new Mazda2 adopt Skyactiv-eSync technology for a compact car in the form of a unique mild hybrid system called Mazda M Hybrid.
Compact and highly efficient, the mild hybrid system combines Mazda's existing i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology with a belt-driven integrated starter generator (B-ISG) and a capacitor.
The B-ISG converts recovered kinetic energy into electric power and stores it in the capacitor. When sufficient energy has been stored in the capacitor, the system uses the B-ISG's power-generation and drive functions to make the most of the stored electricity.
Acting in combination with a six-speed manual transmission, the B-ISG delivers a refined driving feel by enabling the system to provide drive assistance and helping the engine restart more quickly and quietly after extended i-stop engine off periods.
The combination of Mazda M Hybrid technology and a new approach to tyre design has lowered the Mazda2's CO2 emissions from 111 g/km to just 94 g/km (75 PS and 90 PS with 6-speed manual transmission).
Improved fuel economy and emissions performance: The B-ISG's motor assist function reduces the load on the engine and enables quick engine restarts that help to lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy by extending the auto engine stop operating time. The engine now remains off until first gear has been engaged and the driver is on the point of releasing the brakes.
Quiet restart after auto engine stop: The belt drive suppresses vibration and delivers a quiet, smooth restart.
Gear change assist when shifting up: When the driver backs off the accelerator and depresses the clutch in order to shift to a higher gear, the B-ISG proactively generates power to ensure that engine revs drop quickly to suit the higher gear. This delivers a smooth gear change with no shift shock.
FASTER MORE LINEAR ACCELERATION RESPONSE
In manual transmission versions of the new Mazda2, improving the throttle's response to accelerator operation and choosing gear settings that link together well have resulted in a responsive and rhythmical up-shifting of gears from the moment the car starts moving.
Precise torque control also keeps vibration low when accelerating or changing gears, which in turn curbs driver and passenger head movement and allows occupants to enjoy smooth acceleration.
For variants equipped with an automatic gearbox, the transmission time and timing has been fine-tuned so that occupants can use their innate balance ability in response to gear changes. The acceleration inclination before and after gear changes has been made more uniform, smoothing out acceleration and minimising occupant head and body movement.
The balance between transmission time and timing has also been carefully adjusted so that occupants can keep their heads stable with minimal body movement, much like when walking.
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 LITRE PETROL ENGINE
Skyactiv-G 1.5 is a highly efficient, high compression ratio direct injection petrol engine combining nimble performance with outstanding fuel economy and low emissions. The engine adopts numerous advanced technologies to maximise its efficiency and performance.
The configuration of both the piston ring and the piston skirt surface has been optimised to reduce mechanical resistance. Optimisation of the piston head design and multistage fuel injection improve fuel efficiency and suppresses knocking. The fuel injector design produces atomized spray under high fuel pressure, preventing wasteful adherence of fuel to the cylinder walls and achieving good combustion. The coolant control system's thermal management achieves a quick temperature increase, reducing the use of fuel that does not contribute to combustion.
Acting in combination, not only do these technologies improve fuel economy and significantly reduce particulate matter emissions, they also improve torque output at all rpm.
KEY SKYACTIV-G 1.5 TECHNOLOGIES
Precise fabrication of air intake port, optimised piston configuration: Precise crafting of the air intake port configuration increases intake-generated vertical vortex tumble. Geometry optimisation by reducing the height of the piston head bowl intensifies tumble during the compression process and increases turbulent energy at ignition. These measures result in fast flame spread after ignition, and prompt completion of combustion without generating abnormal combustion. This translates into improved low- to mid-range torque and better fuel economy at high speed.
Highly efficient fuel injection: High fuel injection pressure of 30 MPa and a multi-hole injector enable faster atomization over a wider area and achieve efficient, less wasteful combustion that steadily vaporizes fuel before it can adhere to the cylinder walls. Furthermore, during the cooling period which is prone to generation of particulate matter, the use of three-stage split fuel injection improves vaporisation and atomisation and reduces the generation of particulate matter during combustion by about 80%.
Coolant control system: A coolant control valve system almost completely stops coolant flow around the combustion chamber during initial warm-up to prevent heat loss. Vapourising petrol when cold requires the extra injection of fuel. But the coolant control valve quickly raises the chamber wall temperature, reducing that excess fuel volume to about half of the previous Skyactiv-G 1.5 model, thereby improving fuel efficiency.
Optimisation of oil ring and piston skirt configurations: The oil ring features an asymmetrical profile with a larger radius on the upper circumference and a smaller radius on the lower circumference. This optimises oil film thickness during vertical piston action, reducing mechanical resistance. The ideal, barrel-shaped curvature of the piston skirt further reduces mechanical resistance, which in turn improves fuel economy.
The new Mazda2 is equipped with an expanded range of safety features including LED headlamps fitted, as standard, across the model range, and optional Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) now featuring pedestrian detection and Lane Keep Assist (LAS - standard on High grade). Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and a 360° View Monitor with Front Parking Sensors are both optionally available on High grade models.
ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHTS (ALH)
ALH incorporates the following features to improve visibility when driving at night: auto-controlled Glare-free High Beams, Wide-range Low Beams that illuminate a wider area, and Variable Speed Mode, which progressively raises the axis of illumination as driving speeds rise.
The headlamp's array of LEDs has been divided more finely into 20 blocks that can be independently illuminated. High beam visibility has been significantly enhanced to illuminate 80 meters further ahead than the current model.
By dividing the array of LEDs more finely, the area in which the headlamps are turned off when detecting an oncoming vehicle has been greatly reduced, making it possible to detect pedestrians more quickly. The system also makes use of new controls that allow the light from the high beams to be distributed in three different patterns depending on the car's speed, ensuring optimum visibility for the driver at all times.
The operation control range of the adaptive headlights, which illuminate the area ahead based on the steering angle, has been expanded from two stages to six. This finer, smoother adjustment of the light enhances visibility when cornering for even more precise control of the illuminated area.
ADVANCED SMART CITY BRAKE SUPPORT (ADVANCED SCBS) WITH PEDESTRIAN DETECTION
Advanced SCBS uses the forward viewing camera to detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead and to help avoid collisions or mitigate damage in the event one does occur. The system can detect vehicles at speeds of from 4 to 80 km/h and pedestrians at from 10 to 80 km/h.
LANE KEEP ASSIST SYSTEM (LAS)
LAS uses an audible alarm and steering wheel vibration to alert the driver that the vehicle may be deviating from its lane and provides steering assistance to help the driver stay within vehicle lanes.
In order to prevent deviation from a lane, models with the Mazda Connect (MZD Connect) system can select either a 'Lane Departure Prevention' function with a slightly slower assistance response, or a new 'Lane Trace Assist' system that gives early assistance to keep the vehicle centered in its lane or guided around road curves. These systems operate at speeds of 60 km/h and above.
TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION SYSTEM (TSR)
TSR uses the forward viewing camera to detect speed limit, no entry, and stop signs while driving, and displays the sign's message on the Active Driving Display. If the vehicle exceeds the speed limit, TSR warns the driver by blinking graphics on the display and sounding an alert.
360° VIEW MONITOR WITH FRONT PARKING SENSOR
Four cameras on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle show the area around the car on a central display. In conjunction with eight parking sensors at the front and rear that detect proximity to obstacles and trigger an alarm when necessary, the system helps the driver perceive obstacles they cannot see.
After the cameras have been activated, drivers can select from different views and view combinations using the touch screen or commander control.
In the case of entering or exiting a parking space, for instance, the central display shows the near view in front of or behind the vehicle, together with a separate overhead view. When the driver wants only a front or rear view, wide-angle cameras mounted at either end of the vehicle can provide a 177° view of the road up to 25 meters in both directions.