The recently launched Mazda2 will be joined by a self-charging hybrid in May 2022. This marks the first time the technology has been seen in the Mazda range and will be priced from £20,300.
Combining a 1,490cc 93hp three-cylinder petrol engine with a 59kW electric motor for a total system power of 116hp, the Mazda2 self-charging hybrid will accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds. It returns between 70.6 to 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions of just 93-87 g/km.
At start-up the Mazda2 Hybrid automatically runs in EV mode. During normal driving, power allocation is adjusted between the petrol engine and electric motor for optimum performance and the best possible fuel efficiency. During deceleration and braking, kinetic energy is recovered to recharge the battery.
Battery power level is constantly managed via an engine-driven generator to remove any need to recharge the system from an external source.
Three trim grades will be offered starting with Pure (£20,300) which offers drivers basic features such as 15-inch steel wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic lights, DAB radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adjustable speed limiter and hill-start assist.
Agile (£21,150) adds adds 15-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, 8-inch colour touch-screen centre display and smart keyless entry.
A Comfort Pack (£980) is available with Agile and brings styling additions like gloss black front grille and bumper mouldings. It also sees the addition of LED headlights and front fog lights, plus sports style front seats and dual-zone climate control.
At the top of the range, Select (£23,610) features an extensive range of additional equipment including privacy glass, 16-inch alloys, power-fold mirrors, wireless smartphone charging and Blind Spot Monitoring with Parking Support Function.
The new Mazda2 Hybrid comes as a result of the collaboration between Mazda and Toyota, with the hybrid built and supplied by Toyota but marketed exclusively as a Mazda model. It joins the battery electric Mazda MX-30 and the Mazda3, Mazda2 and Mazda CX-30 mild hybrid models.
Mazda2: everything you need to know
Having gone on sale in October, the latest update of Mazda’s supermini saw the introduction of new trim levels and improved efficiency across the range. As before, the Mazda2 range is powered exclusively by the 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, and for the 2022 model year, the 115ps version has been reintroduced alongside the 75ps and 90ps outputs.
Starting with the £16,475 75ps SE-L, the seven-model 2022 Mazda2 range is topped with the new £20,845 115ps GT Sport Tech model.
The 90ps engine is offered in SE-L and Sport trims, with Sport cars offered with manual and automatic transmission. The popular 90ps engine is also offered in GT Sport trim and the 2022 model year sees this trim also offered with a choice of transmission for the first time.
The flagship 115ps GT Sport Tech is exclusively matched to the six-speed manual transmission, and with the exception of the entry-level 75ps SE-L, all manual versions of the 2022 Mazda2 feature Mazda’s M Hybrid mild-hybrid system and now wear the e-Skyactiv G badge.
Mazda2 sees excellent standard specifications across the entire range. All models in the range feature navigation, cruise control, integrated Bluetooth and air conditioning, while the 2022 Mazda2 also sees the introduction of wireless Apple CarPlay from Sport trim onwards.
From GT Sport trim onwards, the 2022 Mazda2 gets a colour head-up display, reversing camera, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The new range-topping 115ps GT Sport Tech has a standard equipment tally that includes items not normally found as standard in this sector, including adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear smart city brake support and a 360 degree camera.