The Mazda 2 has received an update for the 2018 model year. Mazda has equipped the subcompact car that is offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles with upgraded safety equipment as well as a new GT variant. The new 2018 Mazda 2 GT trim joins the current Neo, Genki and Maxx trims. The hatch is more popular than the sedan accounting for over 70% of the Mazda 2 sales. In addition, over 80% of the buyers prefer spending an extra $2,000 across the trims to get the automatic version of the model. Exterior and interior changes are subtle; in fact, it is difficult to identify the new exterior changes easily until you look closely at the model.
2018 Mazda 2 Exterior and interior
The models’ sizes are unaltered. The sedan is 4,320 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and has a height of 1,470 mm while the hatch shares the same width but it’s longer at 4,060 mm and taller at 1,495 mm. Both models have a wheelbase of 2,570 mm but while the hatch has a ground clearance level of 143 mm, the sedan ground clearance is shorter at 140 mm.
Exterior changes are minimal with the most notable change being the addition of new Deep Crimson Mica exterior paintwork which joins the current Soul Red which is available for an extra $300. Standard exterior colors include Eternal Blue, Dynamic Blue, Meteor Grey, Aluminum Metallic, Deep Crimson, Jet Black and Snowflake White.
Other new additions include G-Vectoring, a system that varies torque delivery to the wheels, transfers weight, enhances turn-in as well as adjusts dampers for a better ride. The automaker has also added extra insulation materials to reduce external noise to make the cabin more serene. The steering wheel has been enhanced to look sleeker while the head-up display has been upgraded to be more legible. For safety, the automaker has added the Smart City Brake Support (autonomous emergency braking) which works below the speed of 30km/hr. All trims expect Neo features a reversing camera as standard.
In terms of cargo space, the sedan offers 440 liters with rear seats in position while the hatchback offers 250 liters.
The base Neo trim comes standard with 15-inch wheels, a black cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, 6 airbags, Aux and USB inputs, rear parking sensors, push-button start and rides on 15-inch steel wheels. The Maxx trim replaces the steel wheels with alloy units. Its steering wheel, handbrake lever and gear shifter are wrapped in leather. It also features a reversing camera, a 7.0-inch touch-screen, DAB+ digital radio and a 6-speaker audio system, unlike the Neo’s 4-speaker unit. It also features internet radio with Pandora and Aha. The Genki trim on its part adds 16-inch machined alloy rollers, satellite a navigation, head-up display, climate control, blind-spot monitoring, DRLs, rear-cross traffic alert, power-folding mirrors, chrome exhaust tips, rain sensing wipers, LED headlights as well as a shark fin antenna. The GT, on the other hand, features soft-touch cabin materials, black cloth upholstery for the sedan and white leather with black cloth upholstery for the 2018 Mazda 2 hatchback.
Engine and performance
Both the sedan and hatchback are offered with a single drive-train but in two tunes. The unit in question is a 1.5 L, Skyactiv DOHC 4-cylinder mill. On the base Neo trim, the engine produces 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque. On other trims, the engine produces 109 hp and 104 lb-ft of torque. The engine which is direct-injected is mated to a 6-speed manual/automatic gearbox that delivers all the power to the front wheels. The 6-speed auto costs $2,000 extra. The engine returns impressive fuel economy figures of as much as 5.5 liters/100km.
Price and release date
Sales will commence this fourth quarter of 2017. Current prices will continue for the 2018 model year. The base Neo manual has an MSRP of $14,990 for both the hatch and the sedan while automatic models add $2,000. The Maxx trim with a manual gearbox attracts $17,690 for both sedan and hatchback with automatic models also adding $2,000. The Genki trim which is available only with hatchbacks starts at $20,690 for manual models with automatic models also adding $2,000. The top-of-the-range GT hatch and sedan fetch $21,680 for manual models and $23,680 for automatic models.