New Mazda 2 may be 12 months away with rotary-engined hybrid tech – report
After almost a decade on sale, the current Mazda 2 will reportedly be replaced by a new model next year – which could offer unconventional rotary-engined, range-extender hybrid technology.
The next generation of the Mazda 2 city car may finally be on track for launch late next year – after multiple false starts – according to a new reports out of Japan.
Reports out of Japan in recent years have claimed a new Mazda 2 was due in 2021 or 2023, however they did not eventuate – and the current model introduced in 2014 has soldiered on with mild updates, including a facelift earlier this year.
The magazine says its trail of information from Mazda insider sources had gone cold – until now, claiming a global unveiling is planned for late 2024 or early 2025.
2023 Mazda 2
According to Best Car, the next Mazda 2 is planned to sit on new underpinnings, and offer a 1.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, or new 1.5-litre three-cylinder mild-hybrid ‘SkyActiv-X’ engine derived from the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-X four-cylinder in the Mazda 3.
The publication also claims Mazda may also introduce the plug-in hybrid technology from the MX-30 e-SkyActiv R-EV city SUV – which uses an 830cc rotary engine to charge a battery pack that powers an electric motor driving the front wheels.
Best Car’s Mazda source says the new Mazda 2 “adopts a cute, rounded design” that is softer than the current model.
More information about the new-generation Mazda 2 is expected to be revealed closer to the model’s reported launch in late 2024.
The post New Mazda 2 may be 12 months away with rotary-engined hybrid tech – report appeared first on Drive.