The Mazda 2 will be priced from £11,995 when it goes on sale early next year.
The Ford Fiesta rival is the fourth Mazda to fall under its well received SkyActiv technology banner and Kodo design language, after the CX-5, 6 and 3. Japan will get the car first from the autumn, with production due to start soon at the firm’s plant in Hofu, near Hiroshima.
The supermini segment is still Europe’s largest, and Mazda is pitching the new 2’s “performance, fuel economy, safety and driving fun” as a “winning combination”. Insiders have previously said it would be lighter, more agile and more frugal than the current 2.
Buyers have a choice of a 16-strong model line-up, which are powered by Mazda's latest range of EU6-compliant SkyActiv engines. Three 1.5-litre petrol units are offered, in 74bhp, 89bhp and 113bhp form. The most economical of those is the 89bhp version, with average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg while emitting 105g/km of CO2.
The 103bhp 1.5-litre diesel variant is the most efficient motor in the entire range; combined fuel economy is reputed to be 83.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 89g/km.
The new 2 uses a new chassis and body built to the firm’s SkyActiv technology principles of being lightweight and rigid. The base model weighs in at 1045kg, with the heaviest model, the diesel, clocking in at 1115kg.
Its underpinnings are understood to be a new SkyActiv structure that's smaller than that seen in the Mazda 3 and larger models. The downsized platform also features a lower-cost twist-beam rear axle, instead of the Mazda 3's multi-link rear.