> New generation of Mazda 2 spotted testing
> Pictures confirm expectations that it will be based on Toyota Yaris
> Same 1.5-litre hybrid petrol engine
> Full reveal expected early 2022
What’s interesting about this new generation we can see being tested here is it will effectively be a re-badge Toyota Yaris, as part of a recently announced partnership between the two Japanese brands.
At first glance the car pictured is a Yaris, but if you look carefully you’ll see the Mazda badge poking out from underneath the camouflage.
Adding the small hybrid hatchback to its range will help Mazda meet EU-dictated fleet CO2 emissions targets.
As with the Yaris, it’s likely to only be available in the UK with Toyota’s 1.5-litre hybrid petrol engine. It uses an electric motor and a small battery to boost performance and improve fuel economy.
In the Yaris the total power output is 115hp which makes it good for a relatively relaxed 0-62mph of 9.7-seconds and a top speed of 108mph. The engine is partnered with a CVT gearbox which, while still a little noisy, is much better than it used to be.
But it’s the economy that makes the self-charging hybrid Yaris such an attractive car to many, which Toyota says can be as high as 68.8mpg, so the new Mazda 2 will appeal to those who want a car with cheap running costs.
We don’t know yet if the Mazda 2 will be available as an all-wheel drive model, as the Yaris is. And sadly we doubt there will be a hot version based on the GR Yaris.
As we can see from these pictures there doesn’t seem to be much left to do to get the new Mazda 2 ready for sale, it’s a re-badged version of a car that is already in showrooms after all, so we expect a full reveal to happen early in 2022.
This means it will be on sale early in the new year.
Using the Toyota Yaris as a guide we expect the new Mazda 2 will start around the £20,000 mark. That might seem quite pricy for a small car, but you’re paying for the hybrid technology which should save you money over the long run.