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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.
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.