Mazda will reintroduce a 113bhp engine to the Mazda 2 line-up as part of a mid-life update for the firm’s small hatchback.
The uprated version of the firm’s 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine will join the existing 73bhp and 88bhp models from 1 October, with new trim levels and improved efficiency levels.
Seven specification levels will be available, with the updated range starting from £16,475 for the basic SE-L model. All models are equipped with sat nav, cruise control, bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning as standard, and engines above the 73bhp model will feature Mazda’s M mild-hybrid system and an e-Skyactiv G badge.
Sport models gain wireless Apple CarPlay, while the GT Sport model adds a choice of manual or automatic transmission for the first time, as well as heated front seats, a colour head-up display and a reversing camera.
The new 113bhp engine will only be available for top-of-the-range GT Sport Tech models, starting from £20,845 and mated with a six-speed manual transmission. The GT Sport Tech gains adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear smart city brake support and a 360 degree camera.
The firm says all versions of its 1.5-litre engine have improved efficiency, with increased compression ratios and an upgraded exhaust manifold, leading to a drop in CO2 output. The 73bhp model produces 109g/km, while the range-topping 113bhp model produces 113g/km.
“The Mazda2 is now more efficient than ever, while thanks to the generous equipment tally across all models, we have a distinctive and premium contender in what is still one of the most competitive segments in the UK car market,” said Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK boss.
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