Mazda is reportedly putting the finishing touches on an all-new Mada2 city car, with the Japanese giant to unveil its Toyota Yaris competitor in September, ahead of an all-electric version with a rotary range extender that could appear in 2022.
According to Japan's Best Car Web, the new model will initially be powered Mazda's SkyActiv-X technology, this time applied to a tiny three-cylinder engine that promises to be both frugal and fun, and will be reserved for the most expensive models, with a conventional petrol powertrain planned for the lower grades.
The latest reports suggest the all-new Mazda2 will first debut in September 2021, and will be packing SKYACTIV-X mild hybrid engine that Combines a small-output engine with Mazda's compression-ignition technology and a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
And it could then even herald the return of the fabled rotary (in a way, at least) with the brand reportedly alo working on an EV paired with a rotary engine that will act as a range extender.
While Mazda in Australia is yet to confirm the new reports, the brand has suggested the Mazda2 will live on, and that any future models would arrive Down Under.
“Our assumption is that it will continue. We’ve re-positioned it, and it’s actually selling above our projection numbers," Mazda Australia marketing boss Alastair Doak has told CarsGuide.
“We adjusted early, added equipment, made price adjustments. There’s still decent demand. It’s easy to maintain a presence from a position of strength.”