2015 Mazda2/Demio officially unveiled with new Skyactiv-D diesel engine

Article by Christian A., on July 17, 2014

After yesterday’s leaked photos, Mazda officially introduced today the 2015 Mazda2 also known as Demio in Japan. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the all-new Mazda2/Demio features the full range of ultra-efficient Skyactiv Technology.

According to Mazda, Europe will get a new small displacement clean diesel engine, the Skyactiv-D 1.5 but also different power versions of the Skyactiv-G 1.5 petrol engine. The Skyactiv-D diesel engine delivers 105 hp (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

The petrol engine is not new as Mazda is already using it in the 2014 Mazda3.

All the engines are offered with a manual or automatic transmissions. In addition, the 2015 Mazda2/Demio gets the innovative MZD Connect in-car connectivity system, as well as the i-Activsense active safety technology.  

Regarding the design, this is inspired by the Hazumi Concept, unveiled back in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Mazda continued to use the KODO – Soul of Motion design that is bursting with energy.

We don’t know the dimensions of the 2015 Mazda2/Demio yet, but we expect it to resemble the Hazumi Concept, which was 4070 mm long, 1730 mm wide and 1450 mm high. This means that the new model is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. We expect more details and specs from Mazda so stay tuned!

Exterior Design

The new Mazda2 is the fourth Mazda sporting the design motif of KODO - Soul of Motion. It has already elevated the standard for the prize-winning styling of its other new models that have similar characteristics such as a sturdy posture, strong outlines, a rear-sloping cabin, and an overall appearance that expresses forward motion. As the carmaker defies convention, it has unconsciously created momentum in everyone’s increasing expectations of what Mazda will bring next.

Focusing such vitality and feeling into the smallest Mazda model, to be available as a five-door hatchback, did not create a simpler task. But, always ready to face a challenge, Mazda's design team considered what its competitors were doing. And then they did something completely different. Rather than following the usual B-segment "single-motion" styling, moving the A-pillars frontward to make a roomier looking and more practical cabin, Mazda challenged tradition when re-designing KODO for supermini proportions. And although the KODO's singular proportions at first look might look like it traded on practicality, they managed to add unmatched utility.

SUPER MINI-SIZED

The front axle is 80 mm more forward, and the A-pillars are 80 mm further to the rear. Along with the more elevated rear shoulders and bigger tires with a broader track and minimised wheel-arch clearance, the shortened overhangs provide Mazda's all-new subcompact with a firm footing – an additional KODO hallmark. The load seems to rest on the rear axle, resembling a sprinter in starting blocks, but the additional room in front also creates space for the larger wheels, SKYACTIV powertrain, and a more substantive crumple zone to protect from front impacts.

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