When revealed at the Geneva show last month, the Hazumi was claimed to show every part of the production 2, due in early 2015, apart from its headlights, wheels, wing mirrors and door handles. These spy pictures reveal the concept’s shape has been retained along with the styling that made it such a hit.
Underpinning the new 2 is a version of the firm’s SkyActiv platform, which will make the new 2 lighter and more agile than the current model. It's smaller than the version used on the current Mazda 3, and does away with that car's multi-link rear suspension set-up in favour of a cheaper twist-beam rear axle. A new 1.5-litre turbodiesel unit with sub-90g/km CO2 emissions will feature in the engine line-up.
Destined to become a global model for Mazda, the new 2 will be twinned with and built alongside a new Toyota Yaris in some markets. By doing so, Mazda is able to get the economies of scale it wants to acheive with a global car. European sales will be important for the new model as Mazda continues to recover to pre-crisis levels.
Additional reporting by Darren Moss