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Mazda ends 2019 with launch of new Mazda2

Last surprise of the year

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2019 is not quite over for Bermaz Auto Philippines as the official distributor of Mazda cars in the Philippines revealed the 2020 Mazda2 sedan. The last treat for the year from the Japanese carmaker features evolved Kodo styling and a number of enhancements in aesthetics, comfort, and convenience.

The new Mazda2 features some critical changes to more closely resemble its larger stablemates, the Mazda3 and Mazda6. As part of the evolved Kodo design language, improvements include new lights, a larger wing grille, and a redesigned front bumper. These are paired with new 16-inch wheels fitted as standard.

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New additions continue inside with reshaped and more supportive seats to more comfortably fit the contour of the driver’s spine. The new seven-inch Mazda Connect system has been upgraded to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and connectivity.

Rounding up the improvements are the changes to the suspension system, to provide a smoother, more comfortable ride. They are accompanied with improvements in sound isolation as well for a quieter drive. The Mazda2 also gains G-Vectoring Control Plus. Formerly exclusive to Mazda’s higher end models, this part of Mazda’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics package uses engine torque and intelligent brake application to work in conjunction to stabilize the car while turning, providing a more accurate and responsive feel to the driver in a wide variety of situations.

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Propelling the vehicle is the same 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine, now with a bump in horsepower to 110 (+ 2 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm (+ 2 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Mazda2 is only offered with a six-speed automatic with Sports Mode and paddle shifters.

Nonetheless, Mazda still believes in providing customers with choice. As such, the subcompact car is offered in both hatchback and sedan form in a single trim, Mazda2 1.5 Elite for a single pricetag, PhP 995,000 regardless of body type.

The Mazda2 1.5 Elite in both sedan and hatchback form is now available at all Mazda dealerships nationwide.

Text and photos by Iñigo S. Roces

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