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2022 Mazda 2 features detailed: MG3, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo and Suzuki Swift rival gets sporty new Pure SP grade with update

The Pure SP is the Mazda2’s latest grade.

Mazda Australia has confirmed the third-generation Mazda2 light car will get a sporty new grade as part of its MY22 update that’s due in showrooms “toward the end of 2021”.

Dubbed Pure SP, the addition slots in between entry-level Pure and mid-range Evolve grades, with it available in the Mazda2’s hatchback and sedan body-styles, albeit with only a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Pricing for the MY22 is yet to be revealed, but we do know the Pure SP adds a black grille, black 16-inch alloy wheels, black side mirror covers, a chrome exhaust tip and black cloth upholstery (with red stitching) over the Pure.

For reference, the Pure is also offered in both body-styles but has the option of a six-speed manual, with it coming with LED headlights, power-folding side mirrors and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, push-button start, a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a six-speaker sound system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector, brown/black cloth upholstery and front and rear seatbelt reminders (new for MY22) feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front and rear autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

The Evolve is only available as an automatic hatchback, with it getting dusk-sensing lights (including LED daytime running lights), rain-sensing wipers, auto-folding side mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, a shark-fin antenna, a chrome exhaust tip, satellite navigation, a head-up display, single-zone climate control and navy blue/cloth upholstery over the Pure.

Then there’s the flagship GT, which can be had as an automatic hatchback or sedan, with it featuring keyless entry, blue/grey leather upholstery with grey Grand Luxe synthetic suede accents, adaptive cruise control, surround-view cameras and front parking sensors over the Evolve.

Platinum Quartz metallic is a new no-cost paintwork option for the Mazda2, while Polymetal Grey metallic has also been added to the line-up, although it attracts a $495 premium.

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As before, all variants of the MG3, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo and Suzuki Swift rival carry over an 82kW/144Nm 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, dubbed G15.

That means Australia misses out on the revised unit that was introduced in Japan for MY22. It uses a higher compression ratio and new vortex fuel injection to deliver a 0.4L/100km improvement on the combined-cycle test, to 4.9L/100km for the manual.

Also seemingly missing locally are wireless Apple CarPlay support and wireless smartphone charging, but it’s not unusual for Japanese-market Mazda models to differ when it comes to available features.

For reference, the Mazda2 is currently priced from $20,990 plus on-road costs for the manual Pure to $25,990 for the automatic GT.