Though the Ford Fiesta ST and Fiat 500 Abarth (and arguably the Mini Cooper S) may stand pretty much alone in the North American market, in overseas markets, supermini hot hatches are a big deal. Unfortunately, challengers like the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Seat Ibiza Cupra and Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo never make it to our showrooms, but word has it that there's soon to be a new entry on the market.

That would be the Mazdaspeed2, which would be badged in certain markets as the Mazda2 MPS. Speaking with Australian site at the launch of the Mazda2 on which it would be based, the Japanese automaker's global sales chief and the hatchback's deputy product manager hinted that such a product is definitely being discussed, even if it hasn't yet been approved.

This wouldn't be the first time such a notion were entertained, as Mazda has shown numerous performance concepts based on the previous Mazda2/Demio over the years, but none have come to fruition.

If green-lit for production, the Mazdaspeed2 would likely pack a small turbocharged engine (potentially one being developed for the new MX-5 Miata) rather than a larger naturally aspirated one. Additional upgrades would also be in store, including larger rolling stock and brakes as well as upgraded aero and suspension components. Of course the question of whether the Mazdaspeed2 would make it to North American showrooms is another matter entirely, but let's see if the Zoom-Zoom brand actually builds it first.

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      Bring us the MS3 first

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      • 4 Months Ago

      Start with the MS3/MS6 first please ?

      • 4 Months Ago

      I'll believe it when I see the MS3 and MS6.

        • 4 Months Ago

        Vaporware just like Mazda diesel?  

        Mazada is ripe for a takeover with no substantial product and only a handful of models.

          • 4 Months Ago

          The Mazda6 SkyActivD has been on sale in other countries for a while, bud. The reason Mazda is slow to release it to the USDM is because they want their 2.2 liter diesel to be 50 state legal WITHOUT exhaust after-treatment like what larger displacement diesels from Benz, BMW, etc. require. 

          They basically want to make it easy to own like VW's TDI, but much better to drive than a slow TDI in a Jetta or Passat. (Trust me, I have a Jetta TDI in the family. Driving dynamics are tractor-like compared to a Mazda, which I've also owned). 

          Also, I find it funny that you write a comment like that about Mazda while you drive a Korean-made Buick. You even realize that the only reason Buick is alive is because the Chinese love them? They've been flat-line dead in North America for a while and cars like the Encore was designed mainly for Chinese consumers.

      William J. Sisco
      • 4 Months Ago

      First of all, price wise, Mazda's are never cheap cars.  When you purchase a Mazda you are buying a car that handles significantly better then its slightly lower priced competition.  I have a 2013 Mazda 2 Touring, it is my second "2".  The car handles like a go kart, it is light and very tossible.  It only has 100hp but due to the light weight, it does go through the gears very quickly.  It looks nicer then a lot of other small cars and, if they come out with a Mazdaspeed version of the upcoming "2", I will be right there for the trade-in.

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        @William J. Sisco

        I agreed with most of what you said, but I think Mazda vehicles are very reasonable

        priced vehicles for what you get.  An added plus is their 'X' factor, Zoom Zoom if you

        will.  I have driven friends cars and they are well built.  This coming from a Infiniti

        G37S owner and have several Hondas over the past 20 years.

          Sgt Beavis
          • 4 Months Ago

          Yup, a lot of value there.  This one is just incredible looking for an "economy" car.  

        Rockin Rose
        • 3 Months Ago
        @William J. Sisco

        I'm liking the Mazda 2 this says 2016 and shows the big touch screen on the dash does it come with that option now on the 2 or will it on the 2015? My husband likes the 3 with the technology package on the touring which has the bigger screen on dash. I see it in this picture but than I see where it said 2016. 

      • 4 Months Ago

      no diesel 6 yet, delayed mz3S 6speed-row-my-own-gearbox...

      no news on the ms3 as mentioned.

      This "consideration" is pointless.

      Anything out this particular australian website I like to see reference. its all hearsay.

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      The dash seems Audi A3-ish. I like it. It should have no problem getting 40+ mpg either. 

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      Based on the timeline that the speed3 is taking, this will not be ready this decade.  Just get me the damn speed3 with AWD and a DCT already.  I need a Japanese hatch with power and traction to have fun.

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        AWD is reasonable--Mazda sells a 3 in Japan with AWD.

        But why would you expect a DCT?

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      I hate these cars because they almost always come in nearly the same price as their big brothers. For a couple thousand less you lose performance and space. 

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        Not everyone cares about more space and car all about a small hatch with an awesome power to rate ratio. Which a MAZDASPEED2 would have.

        • 4 Months Ago

        There is at least $5k separating the cost of our Mazda2 and Mazda3. Both are superb.

      • 4 Months Ago

      ...when everyone else has offered a full turbo lineup for years..

      except foe Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.

      • 4 Months Ago

      Sure, wait [a long, long time] for this ...

      or just get a 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop today (with standard BMW TwinPower Turbo engine).

      • 3 Months Ago

      beautiful. perfect display of mazda's kodo design language. mazda's other new models have been great too. i wonder what the new m-x5 will look like.

      • 3 Months Ago

      Looks like a winner if imported to USA!

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