After its global unveiling in July in Japan with the sedan version being unveiled in November in Mexico, the facelifted Mazda 2 sedan and hatch have finally arrived in the Philippines, bringing with it a more premium design as well as a simplified lineup with only two variants on offer.
Since its launch in the Philippines, the Mazda 2 has proven to be a popular choice for consumers, choosing it as their first foray into the premium world of Mazda. The new Mazda 2 retains its overall shape, but it now wears the same gorgeous corporate face as the rest of the newer Mazda models such as the all-new Mazda 3, refreshed Mazda 6, and Mazda CX-5. The wider grille features the same intricate mesh pattern as the aforementioned Mazdas and is now flanked by auto-leveling LED headlights as standard. New alloy wheels designs, as well as new taillights further elevate the Mazda 2’s style quotient.
Mazda has also improved the car’s interior, receiving more plush materials, brown fabric seats, as well as an updated Mazda Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also new seats that have been adopted from its newer models that have adopted the next generation of Mazda’s Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture. The new seats promote an S-shape for the spine, thus reducing driver fatigue when driving over long distances.
Mazda also says that apart from aesthetic upgrades, the Mazda 2 receives various improvements in the vehicle’s structure. This includes added sound deadening on the roof, revised B-pillars for better wind noise suppression, as well as a revised suspension and steering for better driving dynamics. Additionally, G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) makes its way into the Mazda 2. Just like in all other Mazda’s with the new system, GVC Plus smoothens out the driver’s inputs, thus minimizing the need for minor steering and throttle corrections as the car goes through corners.
Under the hood of the Mazda 2 is a revised 1.5-liter inline-4 Skyactiv-G petrol engine, now producing 110 hp (+2 hp) and 141 Nm of torque (+2 Nm), sending power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Lastly, in terms of safety, the Mazda 2 comes with ABS with EBD, two airbags, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera.
The Mazda 2 is now on sale across all Mazda dealers in the Philippines with a price of P995,000 for the 1.5 Elite sedan and hatchback.