The first images with the 2015 Mazda2/ Mazda Demio emerged today on the web ahead of its official debut. Clearly inspired by the Hazumi Concept that was revealed back in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2015 Mazda2 known as Demio in Japan shows much of the styling details except the futuristic elements, of course.
The interior is simple but stylish, dominated by the three-spoke steering wheels and by a touchscreen that can also be controlled through the rotary button located next to the handbrake lever.
Under the hood, we expect to find the 1.5-liter petrol engine that generates 99 hp, but also a new 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D diesel that develops 104 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. The engines will be offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The fourth generation Mazda with a Soul of Motion design (KODO), also known as the Mazda2, has already raised the bar for award-winning designs - evidently because of its nice muscular lines, solid stance, a rear-leaning cabin, and of course the overall look that indicates forward momentum. All these have raised the expectations of people on what’s next to come from the automaker.
Mazda’s main task was to build a five-door hatchback variant of their smallest model. It is a difficult task to begin with, but their designers did not give up and decided to do something different, and this is how KODO was implemented in the styling, instead of following the conventional “one-motion” style like moving the A-pillars forward. Now, KODO’s unique proportions can be used for supermini dimensions.
For the Mazda 2, the automaker moved the front axle 80mm forward, while the A-pillars were moved with the same distance backwards. When combined with larger tires, minimal wheel-arch clearance and higher rear shoulders, it gives the subcompact a well planted footing, which is one thing KODO cars can boast. Now that the front end has extra space, there is enough space for larger wheels, as well as a SKYACTIV powertrain, and a larger crumple zone in case of an accident.