Mazda has updated its popular city hatch and sedan for 2020, adding extra safety kit, and adjusting prices accordingly.
The line-up has been refined, with just three variants now on offer, starting with the G15 Pure, then the G15 Evolve, and finally the G15 GT range-topper. Both sedan and hatch bodystyles are on offer, though not on every model grade.
Previously, the cheapest Mazda 2 you could buy was the manual Neo for $15,570, though the range now starts with the G15 Pure, which in its cheapest manual guise starts at $20,990. Opting for an automatic gearbox adds $2000. A sedan bodystyle can be chosen for no extra cost.
The G15 Evolve is only available as an automatic hatch, and costs $24,490, while the G15 GT wears a $25,990 sticker price. The range-topping model is only available as an auto, but can be bought as either a hatch or sedan.
Powering each Mazda 2 is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, sending 82kW and 141Nm to the front wheels.
In automatic guise the claimed combined fuel consumption is 5.3L/100km, rising to 5.4L/100km for the manual.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard across all models, while active safety is boosted across the range – lane-keep assist, blindspot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard features for each variant.
Evolve and GT models gain traffic sign recognition and an auto-dimming rear- view mirror, while every high-spec variant is fitted with radar cruise control and a 360 degree camera.
Visual changes to the Mazda 2 include a restyled grille, bumper, and headlights.
Mazda expects 77 percent of buyers will opt for the base-level Pure model, with 16 percent choosing the Evolve and only seven percent driving away in a range-topping variant.
While it’s a pleasant surprise to see a manual gearbox remain on offer, Mazda estimates just six percent of all Mazda 2 buyers will want a three-pedal variant. The hatch bodystyle is predicted to make up 85 percent of sales.