Mazda revamps light offering
Mazda New Zealand (MNZ) is confident a revamped Mazda2 can be successful even though the light segment market is suffering as SUVs grow in popularity.
David Hodge, MNZ managing director, says the enhancements to the 2019 model include a fresh exterior and an engine that boasts better fuel economy and torque characteristics.
“The increased demand for SUVs has resulted in a decline in [the light] segment,” he says. “But to ensure the Mazda2 remains relevant to buyers the Mazda designers and engineers have delivered on the company’s ‘driver-first’ ethos with upgraded features and the company’s latest-generation technologies.”
Improvements have been made to the car’s suspension system, sound insulation and absorption, and the front seats. The marque says G-Vectoring Control Plus, which was first introduced in the new Mazda3 this year, enhances handling stability and increases comfort for the driver and passengers with smoother G-force transitions.
Safety features for the Mazda2 range include advanced smart city brake support, Mazda’s autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist system, LED daytime running lights, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and reversing camera.
The model is available in either GSX or Limited grades – both with automatic transmissions and a choice of 10 exterior colours.
The 2019 Mazda2 will be available in New Zealand from mid-November.