Mazda, looking to make the most of its new, lightweight Skyactiv vehicle architecture, will allegedly use a version of the CX-5 crossover's platform to underpin its next-generation Mazda2 hatchback, according to a report from Just-Auto.com. Of course, the Mazda2 is a much smaller vehicle than its larger CUV stablemate, so some serious chopping will no doubt be in order when it comes time to engineer the replacement for the company's smallest hatch.

Currently, the CX-5 and the sleek new Mazda6 share many of the same platform components, and this architecture will already be scaled down to support the next-generation Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, which will debut later this year. Just-Auto.com states that all of Mazda's remaining front-wheel-drive vehicles will eventually switch to reworked versions of this Skyactiv platform, including the replacement for the larger CX-9 crossover.

Also of note, Mazda will reportedly be switching to shorter, four-year lifecycles for its vehicles. This means that the newly launched Mazda6 will be replaced for the 2016 calendar year, with a refresh coming sometime in 2014. That said, vehicles with platforms supplied by other automakers (like the upcoming MX-5 Miata replacement that will share its underpinnings with an Alfa Romeo product) will not necessarily follow this four-year rule.


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      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am very interested in the next gen Mz2. One issue with the current one is rather lackluster mpg for its class. Fix that, and tweak the interior to upscale it a little bit and I'm game.
      OMS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the switch to a 4-year cycle is key. I feel like many Mazda products start off great, but by the end of their life, start to feel stale. Keeping each line fresher will help keep the individual models more appealing, and hopefully help resale value.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OMS
        The first gen Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 both had 6 year model runs- that was just too long. The CX-9 is now on its 7th year. I don\'t know that shorter model runs is necessarily a magic bullet, but Mazda does need to keep up the excitement level with power improvement every 2 years or so. Let\'s face it- Mazda makes great cars but they could always use another 20hp.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very good. I'm actually surprised that these are doing so well in the States. I have seen more and hear more about them than the Fiesta, in terms of ownership. I've also not heard one bad thing about them. But it does need an update. It has the styling of the last gen Mazda3 and current Mazdas combined. Not bad, but with the new lineup chugging out along, a 2016 redesign is still a couple years away. Hopefully, next year's refresh will show a front end more along the lines of the new CX-5 and Mazda6, but it will probably be more in tune with the current MX-5 Miata and Mazda 3, by closing that gap around the logo on the nose.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Farmboy
        Actually the Mazda2 is NOT selling well in the US. Not necessarily the fault of the car- its\' just that this segment is a non-starter in the US.
          Bill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          As for the segment being a non-starter, I would guess the product managers for the Versa, Fit, Fiesta, Accent, Rio, Yaris, etc. would probably disagree with you. The Mazda2 just does not make much of dent in this segment, while the Versa, for all the hammering it gets from enthusiasts, outsells the 2 by about 12:1.
      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Mazda but that is one girly looking car
      Julio Arreaga
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm genuinely excited about Mazda's future lineup. Here's to hoping they bring back the rotary sooner, rather than later.
      finzenchrome
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda engineered the Skyactiv platform to be scaleable, so I think it's more about "miniaturizing" the CX-5 platform as opposed to "chopping" to shorten it. That said I hope the next 2 will put more emphasis on interior volume because, come on, with the target market for a car this small (read: people who want the most affordable brand new car), being the most spacious is probably the most important consideration what with the competition sporting similar prices.
        Kip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @finzenchrome
        While some people buy cars like this because of price point, it doesn't make up the entire market. Some people just prefer subcompacts because they recognize just how large compacts have become. For example, a Mazda 3 is considered a small car on US roads. It's actually about the length of a full size Chevy Blazer or Ford Explorer from 20 years ago. Those were big vehicles. The Mazda 3 and it's competitors (Golf, Focus, Civic, etc.) are big vehicles. They just don't seem like it compared to Mazda 6s, Passats, Fusions, Accords, etc. which are larger than the previous generations of Lincolns and Caddys (aka Land Yachts).
          finzenchrome
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kip
          Cars have trended bigger in the US because over the years manufacturers kept making the next model slightly larger than the one it replaced-- the bigger is better mentality. Also note that car prices increased along with car sizes. The floundering economy is the major driving force in bringing the relatively cheap B-segment back to public awareness. If I were a new car shopper looking for the most bang for my limited bucks, the car with the most space for my passengers and my junk would fit the bill better. My point is Mazda marketing a subdued enthusiast (an oxymoron) car in this segment is a very limited (i.e. unprofitable) market.
        Codeman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @finzenchrome
        Why would spaciousness be the most important feature for someone buying a small car?
      bchreng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they can give it some more power and 4-wheel disc brakes the next go around.
      Wm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad Mazda doesn't have access to Ford parts anymore. The 2 would be far more interesting with the 1l EB. The 2 was already lighter than the Fiesta, drop a few lbs of engine and chip it to 145hp, and it would be the best driver in its class.
        Leather Bear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wm
        My preference would be for a a scaled-down version of the naturally aspirated 2.0L Skyactiv engine from the 3 for the next 2. Say around 1.6-1.7L and about 130hp with curb weight close to the current 2 (2300-2400 lbs) and a bit of Mazda Zoom Zoom dialed into the chassis. This would make an ideal commuter car for me (and other cheapskate enthusiasts).
      Julio Arreaga
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm genuinely excited about Mazda's future lineup. Here's to hoping they bring back the rotary sooner, rather than later.
      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      .......it looks so happy.................
      Sergio526
      • 1 Year Ago
      With everyone going ape bananas over the Ford Fiesta ST, I wonder what the chances are that we'll be seeing a Mazdaspeed 2? In my opinion, the Speed3 got knocked back half a step by the Focus ST, I'd like to see Mazda spring back and push out refined Speed variants of almost every model (I don't think anyone is waiting for a Mazdaspeed CX-9 or a true Mazdaspeed 5, but a 2, 3, 6, MX-5, and even a CX-5 would be interesting. Purposely left out the RX-8 since it's already pretty Mazdaspeedish).
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