Small cars may be big business, but the world's automakers don't seem to be in any particular rush to keep them fresh. The new Smart Fortwo unveiled yesterday replaces a model that's already been around for seven years, one based on a structure dating back to the late '90s. The new Opel Corsa revealed just last week replaces a model that had been around for eight years. And the Mazda2 has been on the market in its current form for seven years now, but not for much longer, because Mazda has finally revealed its successor.

Set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this October, the new Mazda2 follows the stylistic lead of this year's Hazumi concept remarkably close, from the sharply creased front end right down to the wheel design – bringing the supermini hatchback in line with the KODO design language that characterizes its bigger siblings: the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

Although details released thus far are rather limited, and power will vary from one market to another, engine options center around a 1.5-liter four in both gasoline and diesel versions, joining the manual and automatic transmissions and the chassis itself under Mazda's Skyactiv technology umbrella. We wouldn't expect the diesel version to make it across the Pacific (or across the border from the plant that will build it alongside a new Toyota hatch in Mexico), but rumors have surfaced of a potential rotary hybrid. The new 2 will also include the company's MZD connectivity suite and i-Activsense safety technology.

Also sold as the Demio in certain regions (like the Japanese Domestic Market), the new Mazda2 represents a vital product for Mazda, which has sold over 2.4 million of them since the model line's introduction 1996. Production has already begun at Mazda's plant in Hofu near Hiroshima, Japan. Scope out the videos and press release below for a closer look.

UPDATE: We've updated this story with the US market press release, below, which confirms that the Mazda2 will be a 2016 model when it goes on sale here. A handful of new images have been added to the gallery above, as well.

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ALL-NEW 2016 MAZDA2 MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT

IRVINE, Calif. (July 16, 2014) – The all-new 2016 Mazda2 was today unveiled in Japan by Mazda Motor Corporation (MC). Mazda's sub-compact entry, known as the Demio in Japan, receives its first complete redesign since its global third-generation launch seven years ago. Based on the HAZUMI concept, which debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March, this all-new fourth-generation vehicle is outfitted with the full suite of SKYACTIV®[1] technologies and "KODO: Soul of Motion" design language to match its larger siblings the Mazda3 compact car, Mazda6 mid-size sedan and CX-5 compact SUV. The 2016 Mazda2 also features additional in-vehicle and safety technology with MAZDA CONNECT™ and i-ACTIVSENSE, respectively.

The 2016 Mazda2 will begin rolling out to global markets from Japan's Hofu plant starting this fall. For the Japanese market, the vehicle will be available with a SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engine and a SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine. More information on specifications for other global markets, including the U.S., will be released closer to its on-sale date in those respective regions.

With more than 2.4 million units sold worldwide, the Mazda2 is the best-selling vehicle in Japan. First introduced in 1996, a second generation followed in 2002 with the third-generation model being released in 2007. The Mazda2 was not available in the U.S. market until the third generation as a 2011 model.

About Mazda North American Operations

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Beautiful.
      Card13
      • 5 Months Ago
      Finally. The current Mazda2 is severely outclassed in terms of interior and exterior design. I'm sure this will shoot to the top of the segment (not in sales, of course) like the 3, 6, and CX-5
      piggybox
      • 5 Months Ago
      So cute. Nothing can stop Mazda now
      mikeybyte1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks great. Very close to the original concept car. I really like the simplicity of the new interior, but with what looks to be premium materials. The current Mazda2 is a bit bare bones inside. This new version seems to keep the tidy proportions of the current gen but with the polish inside and out of the latest offerings from Mazda. If they do a good job marketing it, they should see a big jump in sales.
      NightFlight
      • 5 Months Ago
      Easily the best looking B segment vehicle, and if it is anything like the last one, it will be the best driving vehicle in its segment as well. Great job Mazda!
      rmt_1
      • 5 Months Ago
      I hope the SkyActiv 2.5L gas engine will fit. A 184 hp/185 lb-ft engine could do wonders in the small Mazda 2.
      FordGo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Better looking, but not pretty.
      jonnybimmer
      • 5 Months Ago
      Like all of Mazda's recent designs, looks great. I'm especially glad they stuck with the small/nimble packaging the original had and didn't go all Fit on us. Improvements where it needed it (interior mainly) and kept the rest the same, awesome. The only other thing it needed was a little extra kick (not a lot, but at least more than the 100hp the current one has) which a new SKYACTIV motor should be able to provide just fine.
      Dump
      • 4 Months Ago
      Are the rumors real? If the next Mazda2 will get a gas-electric rotary hybrid setup good for 235+ mile range (on 2.3 gal fuel tank), that would be crazy! Mazda could maybe put in a 5 gal fuel tank & get 500 mile range out of it. The Maz2 would be a fun city car with ample capability to do long-range driving.
      Jesus!
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like they tacked on a fancy front end to a turd. The interior may look nice in this color combo but lets see a regular bland gray one and I bet it looks awful. The screen thrown on top of the dash just looks ridiculous.
      Kuro Houou
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have to give it to Mazda, they make some of the best interior's in the market today, hitting above their price point for sure! I think it looks a little to much like the 3, but I can't blame them as that car looks great so why change perfection I guess... still would have been nice to give it a little more identity. Overall good job though.
      Jett Ck
      • 5 Months Ago
      Loving every design of every new Mazda! Can't wait for the all-new mx-5 miata! and also the joint venture roadster with Alfa Romeo! hopefully we'll also hear more about the revive of Rotary on RX's models! Keep it up Mazda!
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