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Mazda2 goes upmarket – and up in price

Cheapest Mazda2 now above $20,000 as Mazda dumps Neo and Maxx in facelift

3 Dec 2019

MAZDA Australia has raised the price of entry to its Mazda2 range by $5420 while at the same time cutting the number of variants by half in a late-model facelift that takes the city car into premium territory.
Gone are the entry-level Neo sedan and hatchback variants with their bargain-basement $15,570 pricetag for the manual versions.
The range now starts at $20,990 plus on-road costs for a new base variant, the G15 Pure, for both the sedan and hatchback in manual form.
In cutting the number of variants from 14 to just seven, Mazda has also ditched the mid-range Maxx and Genki while introducing the G15 Evolve that is available only in automatic hatchback form at $24,490.
The range now tops out at $25,990 for the G15 GT automatic in both sedan and hatchback guise – $1590 above the superseded GT automatic.
Price rises for the revised range reflect not only higher equipment levels but also currency pressures caused by the Australian dollar’s depreciation against other currencies in recent years.
The new Mazda2 nomenclature – Pure, Evolve and GT – mimics the latest Mazda3 and CX-30 line-ups.
Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak said the updates to Mazda2 reflected changing customer tastes and feedback.
“The 2020 update to Mazda2 adds some premium safety technology never before seen in vehicles at this price point in Australia,” he said. “We added a 360-degree camera in addition to a suite of active safety features, giving customers of our smallest vehicle greater peace of mind and confidence while driving.”
The 360 monitor that employs four cameras to provide a bird’s eye view when parking is only available on the flagship GT sedan and hatch variants, but all get an otherwise full suite safety systems including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and Mazda’s G-vectoring control system for improved handling.
Styling changes include a reprofiled grille and fascia that reflect the simplified, more horizontal design of newer Mazda models, including the new CX-30 that is also on the launchpad in Australia. Foglights have been integrated into the new LED headlights. 
New 15-inch and 16-inch alloy wheels – depending on the variant – get a fresh design.
Inside, the Mazda2 gets redesigned seats for greater comfort. These are cloaked in brown cloth for the base Pure, while the mid-range Evolve has dark navy blue cloth. The top-of-the-range GT gets a mix of blue-grey leather with synthetic suede.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring have also been added to the 7.0-inch media system that also provides vision from the reversing camera, AM/FM/DAB+ radio reception, Bluetooth with audio streaming and USB input.
In addition, the Pure comes with rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, power-folding electric exterior mirrors, cruise control, keyless push-button start, a trip computer, four-way steering column adjustment and vanity mirrors.
Evolve trim replaces manual air-conditioning with single-zone automatic climate control. Also added are satellite navigation, road-sign recognition, dusk-sensing headlights with LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers, self-dimming interior mirror, an upgraded multifunction trip computer and auto-folding exterior mirrors. 
Cosmetic enhancements include increased alloy wheel size from 15 to 16 inches, chrome exhaust tips and a shark-fin antenna.
The top-spec GT has adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and keyless entry plus the aforementioned premium upholstery and 360-degree monitor.
Mazda has tweaked its smallest model’s SkyActiv-G 1.5-litre petrol engine to boost performance and reduce emissions. Power goes up from 79kW to 82kW, while torque increases from 139Nm to 144Nm. 
Combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.4 litres per 100km for the manual and 5.3L/100km for the auto are both 0.1L/100km lower than before.
The Mazda2 hatchback gets two new paint colours – Polymetal Grey Metallic (hatch only) and Deep Crystal Blue Mica. Other colours include Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Aluminium Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Jet Black Mica and Eternal Blue Mica.
Mazda2 pricing:*
G15 Pure sedan $20,990
G15 Pure Sedan (a)
G15 Pure Hatchback $20,990
G15 Pure Hatchback (a) $22,990
G15 Evolve Hatchback (a) $24,490
G15 GT Sedan (a) $25,990
G15 GT Hatchback (a) $25,990

*plus on-road costs

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