A bold new blacked-out face brings some menace to the long-in-the-tooth Mazda2.
While it may not look it, this iteration of Mazda2 has actually been out for nearly a decade now. And while its design does actually still look as fresh as the day it was introduced, the Japanese automaker has decided it needed a slightly spruce up.
So earlier this year, Mazda has unveiled a refreshed version of its Mazda2 with not one, but two, new front grille designs. Though at this point in time at least, we Malaysians will only get the slightly more menacing blacked-out one, relative to the more cutesy blanked-out alternative.
Touted by Mazda themselves to give this subcompact a refined sense of elegance, the new black honeycomb front grille with red accents also brings with it a set of blacked-out 16-inch alloy wheels to the Malaysian-spec Mazda2. Though perhaps more marketable to buyers will likely be the long list of standard equipment with this small hatchback OR sedan, which includes automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and auto-folding wing mirrors.
Moving on inside meanwhile, all variants of Mazda2 in Malaysia also comes equipped as standard with an auto-dimming rear view mirror and cruise control to complement the new black interior. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for its (really outdated) 7-inch infotainment system is available too, as well as a comprehensive suite of i-Activsense advanced driver assist systems.
A total of six colour options are to be available with the Malaysian Mazda2. These includes Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal, Platinum Quartz, Polymetal Gray (Hatchback variant only) and newly added colours AirStream Blue (Hatchback variant only) and newly added colour Aero Gray (Sedan variant only).
The refreshed Mazda2 is now officially open for booking and comes as CBU from Thailand with a selling price that starts from RM 108,670, with the Soul Red Crystal colour commanding an additional RM 500. The Mazda2 comes with a 5-year Manufacturer’s Warranty and 5-year Free Maintenance according to the 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 of 100,000 km, whichever comes first.