Since 1996, the Mazda 2/Demio has graced the world with its compact yet practical dimensions and it consequently became quite the market mover for Mazda up to the present.
The third-generation Mazda 2 even won the 2008 World Car of the Year award and following that with the fourth generation which had managed to become the 2014-2015 Japanese car of the Year. Famous indeed.
While the Mazda 2 is very popular here in the Philippines and all over the world, the fourth generation of the said hatchback only got a facelift until recently. This mid-cycle refresh was first seen only a couple of days ago from the unit that was first shown off in Japan as they did get the first look at the refreshed Mazda 2.
So what’s new with the Mazda 2 2020?
According to latest updates in the auto industry, for one thing, the JDM variant now ditches the “Demio” name and is instead using the international, and more known “Mazda 2” moniker.
On the appearance side, the changes on the face-lifted Mazda 2 are not noticeable outright. But once you take your time to inspect it closer you might see a lot of design elements from the all-new Mazda 3.
2020 Mazda 2 looks as striking as ever with a larger, more prominent grille
Take for example the revised front end of the Mazda 2 with slimmer headlights like the ones on the Mazda 3, a more prominent mesh-type front grille as well as a differently shaped bumper both of which are similar to the ones found on the Mazda 3.
And the new Mazda 2 doesn’t even have fog lights just like the new Mazda 3.
A close look at new Mazda 2 front fascia
In addition to those new exterior features, the 2020 Mazda 2 also gets new 16-inch alloy wheels and a really high-tech adaptive LED and LED daytime running lights which are made out of 20 LED blocks that are individually controlled.
This makes for a really optimized light source which can even have subtle adjustments direction-wise.
Now, this isn’t exactly new as the previous year models of the Mazda 2 cars were designed to at least have several design clues from the larger Mazda 3.
This is despite the fact that Mazda has announced that their future models will come with their own unique design language so we’ll just have to wait for further details until the actual release of the Mazda 2 hatchback.
2020 Mazda 2: Upgraded interior
First off, it has been revealed that the materials used for the cabin have received significant upgrades. There aren’t many pictures showing that but we can expect the stuff covering the steering wheel, and the dash to feel more premium than ever before.
And in connection to that, we can also expect more soundproofing as the currently available Mazda 2, like most vehicles of this category does indeed have some issues with road noise.
Here's a picture of the 2020 Mazda 2 front cabin. Looks fancy, doesn't it?
Now Mazda tends to make the driver of their car centered and this is reflected greatly in the Mazda 2 six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Also included are several driver-assist technologies like the G-Vectoring Control Plus system which is useful for being maneuverable and stable on high speeds. Also added to the 2020 Mazda 2 is the Mazda i-Eloop brake energy regeneration system.
We are also pleasantly surprised that the Japanese Market 2020 Mazda 2 gets an all-wheel-drive which is quite rare in this vehicle market segment. While AWD layout is only available with an automatic transmission, we do hope that this feature will also come to the Philippine spec 2020 Mazda 2.
2020 Mazda 2 will get the MZD Connect for the infotainment system
And to wrap it all up, the 2020 Mazda 2 will get the MZD Connect which is an infotainment system made by Mazda that has features like navigation, speed and RPM display, fuel economy, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, all of which are neatly combined into a single package.
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While a lot has already been revealed about the 2020 Mazda 2, the actual start of sales for the said vehicle will not begin until September 12 of this year for Japan which is then followed by Europe in early 2020.
So as of now, we here in the Philippines will just have to wait for further news regarding the exciting new 2020 Mazda 2 and of course, we really hope that the Philippine market also gets the features listed above.
While waiting for the new Mazda 2, check out Mazda 2 in-depth review to get a deeper understanding.
Cesar G.B. Miguel