Mazda confirms small sedan for Australia
A sedan version of Mazda’s popular small car the Mazda2, will begin arriving in Australian showrooms later this year.
The smallest of Mazda sedans will share the Japanese brand’s contemporary “KODO” design language with the rest of the range, and the Mazda2 sedan very much follows in the tracks of its bigger Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedan siblings.
Two versions of a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine will be available from launch. The base version develops 79kW of power and 139Nm of torque, while the perkier variant puts out a slightly healthier 81kW of power at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 141Nm at 4,000rpm the engines are mated to either a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual. These engine and transmission options are carried over from the Mazda2 hatch.
Mazda says the 2 sedan will also be frugal, with fuel consumption figures starting at 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres and low speed impacts will be reduced thanks to Smart City Brake Support, a feature which is optional across the Mazda2 range.
Mazda Australia’s managing director, Martin Benders said the new sedan was an ideal fit for the local line-up: “When we first saw the design for the Mazda2 sedan we decided it was a must-have car. Often B-segment sedans can lack style and design flow, but we believe the Mazda2 sedan is the best looking of its type in its segment. Having a stylish sedan on sale alongside a sporty hatch provides even more choice to light car buyers.”