The styling changes at Mazda are proceeding at a fairly quick tempo. The CX-5 was unveiled, followed by a refreshed CX-9, the excellent Mazda6, and most recently a new Mazda3. This all happened over the course of less than two years, which in the auto industry is like a long week.

Now the Mazda2 is getting its revamp. Thanks to a magazine scan from Japan, we now have our first look at the new sub-compact, called the Demio, in its home market. Mazda's familial front end has been fitted, and it doesn't look quite as suited to the smaller car. Lacking the long-hood look of the Mazda3 and Mazda6, the new styling looks overly rounded, almost bulbous from our angle. It's still attractive, but the shape is kind of off-putting compared to the chiseled faces of the 2's big brothers. We'll concede that the folded magazine page may have something to do with it, however.

The next-generation 2 should adhere to Mazda's Skyactiv philosophy, which means we can expect a highly efficient four-cylinder engine, although it's impossible to say if Mazda will do away with its smallest offering's one-engine strategy. Considering the Mazda2 will be riding on a shortened version of the CX-5's platform, we'd expect some degree of mechanical parts sharing, regardless of how much the larger platform needs trimmed. Perhaps a detuned version of the 2.0-liter, Skyactiv four-cylinder could be under the 2's hood?

According to our poster, we'll see the next Mazda2/Demio in the spring of 2014, likely as a 2015 model. That timing makes predicting which show it'll be unveiled at difficult. New York, Beijing, and Geneva all fall in the spring months, and are three of the biggest shows on the planet. Our money is on New York or Beijing, which lack the supercar glitz found in Switzerland. We'll have more before then.


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      Turbo_S60
      • 2 Years Ago
      I say put the full bore 2.0 in it. 155hp Mazda 2, yes please!
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        Yes please. And minus two doors.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        Mazdaspeed 2 with the 185hp 2.5L? I really doubt you could fit much larger than a 1.6 in the engine bay.
          Phontsolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          You can fit a MS3 engine in the Mazda 2 and it's already been done.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        [blocked]
          Turbo_S60
          • 2 Years Ago
          Make a Mazdaspeed 2. I want 155hp base motor
      フライング社畜マン
      Hi, I'm Japanese. Unfortunately, this is not a kind of spy shot, but just an outlook chart. This image mught be reported in Japanese magazine "BestCar magazine". This magazine deals with images of future cars, not real photos. Anyway, I do love this design.
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @フライング社畜マン
        So you're saying it's a render and not an actual photo? That doesn't surprise me but it's a pretty good render. Is there any chance you could help us locate a better image?
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually, I think it looks pretty good! Make a two door version and I'm sold!
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny when other manufactures adapt the same/similar styling cues to different models the haters come out in droves saying it looks like a derivative of one model. Yet Mazda is doing the same thing. It's called design language folks get use to it.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm liking these new fascias than the previous Smiley face ones
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Yes, instead of a happy smiley face, they now have a more sinister smiley face with narrowed eyes that's ready to eat you! bit.ly/19ZjJVF
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      mazda2 is decent enough looking as is so i could see them just slapping a new front on it. I just really hope they can massively up the mileage. Current one gets only 32mpg hwy which is less than the CX-5! For this car to be a proper consumer alternative alongside their current lineup it needs to get over 40mpg. Im not so sure that mazda could pull that off. So i suggest they go another route. Keep the focus on pricing and make it more fun to drive to makeup for the mpg. If it had the 155hp 2.0L and got 38mpg for a cheap price that would be great.
      hawaiian_I
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks better than a Chevrolet Spark.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hawaiian_I
        Anything does. They are childish looking.
          shurtcircuit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          they want everyone driving the little clown cars.
          360_AD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          And the scary thing is the Spark is selling like hot cakes. Makes you wonder about America...
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      We already know that there will be a 1.5L engine in the European Mazda3, so why not expect that to be the engine in the Mazda2? I'm sure there's someone out there who can get the same magazine and cut the binding or pages so we can get the whole, unfolded view.
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 2 Years Ago
      They have a 1.3L SkyActiv engine, maybe it can be bored out to 1.5 or 1.6L. 2.)L would be overkill in a B-segment car, unless one is interested in a Mazdaspeed2. Besides, if you want anything to do with WRC or WTCC, it's a good idea to have a 1.6L engine to work off of. They could skip the 4-2-1 header on that one, so it'll accept a turbo.
      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 2 Years Ago
      Colour me skeptical. It simply looks like a rendering of a current generation Mazda2 with a Kodo face grafted on. Timing sounds about right for the arrival, but I think this pic is a fake.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, there is already a smaller Skyactiv engine, though not sold in US-bound Mazdas: the 1.5 liter shown in the new Mazda3, good for only 100hp. You can bet the next Mazda2 will carry one or more versions of this engine. The 2.0 liter wouldn't make sense in a compact, even in the US... maybe only for a Mazdaspeed version, though I highly doubt it.
        Temple
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        Actually, Mazda already has an even smaller Skyactiv engine than the 1.5, the 1.3L already in the JDM Mazda 2. 83hp and good for 70 mpg in the Japanese fuel economy cycle (for comparison, the current 1.5 gets 46 mpg in the Japanese cycle), so you can extrapolate to probably around the mid-high-40s for US cycle. http://blog.caranddriver.com/mazda-2-with-new-1-3-liter-skyactiv-g-engine-gets-claimed-50-percent-mileage-boost/
        Felipe Politano
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        By the way, there have been rumors that the next Miata will be powered by a smaller displacement engine. I wouldn't be shocked to see a turbocharged "Mazdaspeed-ified" version of this very engine. A 1.5 liter turbo Miata with something around 180hp... not bad, huh?
        BC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        The the present MZR 1.5l produces 100hp for the US. The SkyActiv I saw quoted at 115 for Europe (converted from kW).
          Felipe Politano
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BC
          The most recent version of the skyactiv 1.5 shown in the 2014 3 is rated at 99bhp (Autoexpress) or 100hp (Autoblog.it, not a sister site of Autoblog). Here is for hoping they can squeeze some extra juice from that engine for the US market, at least 115hp, in order to make it class-competitive.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first SkyActiv engine introduced was the 1.3l I4 gas, as an option in the current Demio in 2011. It produces 83hp and 83lb-ft torque, which is probably sufficient for the markets where it is presently offered. If the Mazda2 continues in the US it will need more. The 2.0l Mazda3 already gets better fuel economy than the Mazda2 1.5l; there's room for a 1.5-1.6l engine making 120-130hp with several mpg better than 30/40 on the EPA cycles.
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