The 2020 Mazda2 facelift will be available soon in Malaysia and according to distributor Bermaz Motor, all authorised Mazda showrooms are accepting bookings for it. In Mazda’s current line-up, the Mazda2 is the smallest 5-seater passenger vehicle (the MX-5 2-seater roadster is smaller in size). It will be sold here in hatchback or sedan form, fully imported as CBU (completely built-up) from Thailand, and with one price tag: RM103,670 (on-the-road without insurance for private ownership in Pen. Malaysia).
This is in line with Mazda’s plan to build on the concept of “a premium personal car that enriches everyday life”. The focus of the brand is on building high quality vehicles in its segments, with improved styling, touchpoints and driving experience. The 2020 Mazda2 features styling enhancements and now also comes equipped with enhancements to its driving dynamics as well as to comfort and convenience.
The Mazda2 not only gets an updated Mazda badge and font design, its exterior has also been updated to feature a new front grille design to match it with the newer 7th generation products like the new Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30. The Mazda2 also features front LEDs with the new signature styling, as well as new 16″ alloy wheels with enhanced texture and high-brightness paint.
The interior of the 2020 Mazda2 features a comfortable space with a new blue gray interior trim to create a sense of balance quality and playfulness via carefully selected materials. The updated Mazda2 also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, accessible via the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment display. This allows you to seamlessly connect your smartphone apps such as Waze, Google Maps, Spotify, and others for use while driving.
As for driving dynamics, the 2020 Mazda2 is equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). The original G-Vectoring Control, the first technology in the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics series, is the world’s first control system to vary engine torque in response to steering input in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces and optimize the vertical load on each wheel for smooth and efficient vehicle motion. What this essentially means is the vehicle’s body roll is controlled via the GVC software, providing a more stable and comfortable ride to the passengers.
The latest version of GVC Plus uses the brakes to add direct yaw moment control for further enhanced handling stability. As the driver steers out of a corner by returning the steering wheel to the center position, GVC Plus applies a light braking force to the outer wheels, providing a stabilizing moment that helps restore the vehicle to straight line running. The system realises consistently smooth transitions between yaw, roll and pitch even under high cornering forces, improving the vehicle’s ability to accurately track sudden steering inputs and crisply exit corners. In addition to improving handling in emergency collision avoidance manoeuvres, GVC Plus offers a reassuring feeling of control when changing lanes on the highway and when driving on slippery road surfaces.
Driving comfort has also been enhanced with a tuned suspension system for smoother vehicle movement and comfortable ride. New structured front seats that improve the driver’s sense of balance, enhancing the sense of unity with the car and making driving easier. The transmission has been tuned for smoother acceleration which minimises the head and body movements of passengers. By applying the human-centered development philosophy to all kinds of common driving situations, Mazda will continue to pursue the kind of driving joy that allows both the driver and his or her passengers to feel at one with the car.
Powering the 2020 MAZDA2 is a 1.5L Skyactiv-G petrol engine with 114hp @ 6,000 rpm and 149Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm, paired with a Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with Manual Shift mode.
All new Mazda vehicles registered from January 1, 2019 onwards will have 5-Years Manufacturer Warranty + 5-Years Free Maintenance (except Mazda BT-50) according to manufacturer’s standards inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants. Both Manufacturer Warranty and Free Maintenance have a coverage period of five years and a mileage limit of 100,000 km, whichever comes first.