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Mazda PH introduces face-lifted 2 sedan, hatch at P995,000

With a slightly more powerful 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine

Are these the best-looking subcompact cars in our market right now? We think so. PHOTO BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

Mazda Philippines today launched the face-lifted 2 sedan and hatchback at its Center of Excellence facility in Cabuyao, Laguna. The subcompact model now wears the modern face seen on newer Mazda vehicles like the compact 3. Here’s what the 2 looks now:

Much more stylish compared to the old versions. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

The new 2 retains the same (but improved) 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This motor gets a small increase in both output and torque: 108.5hp and 141Nm (slightly up from the previous 106.5hp and 139Nm). Mazda claims the new engine has revised internals and boasts “improved fuel efficiency, quicker response and reduced harmful exhaust emissions.”

Sedan or hatchback? Good luck picking one. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

Inside, the new Mazda 2 gets a black-and-brown fabric seat material. When it comes to the infotainment system, the car sheds the CD player but now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features.

No more CD player here, but the audio system can now mirror your expensive phone. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

There will only be one variant (called Elite) for both the sedan and the hatchback, and both are priced at P995,000. Those interested may see the two versions in the metal at Mazda dealerships starting this coming week. Fancy a new city car in time for the New Year? Here’s an attractive option.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.