Updated 2023 Mazda 2 has debuted in Japan before its local arrival in the middle of the year.
- The 2023 Mazda 2 gets a modest exterior look.
- new interior accents; Black ceiling for pure SP
- Update due in mid-2023 in Australia.
The changes are headlined by a mildly revised front end with a larger front grille, a new X-shaped lower bumper, and more prominent Mazda badging with an integrated radar sensor.
There’s also a body-colored, EV-like plate on the front grille for select versions, while the Mazda 2 hatchback will get an “asymmetrical color accent on the front grille and rear bumper” like the latest CX-5 and CX. . -8.
Rounding out the styling changes, all hatchback variants, and the range-topping GT sedan, also get a simplified rear bumper design.
The Mazda 2’s color palette will expand with the addition of two new metallic finishes – Aero Gray and Airstream Blue – to join the seven paint options currently available in Australia, including one (presumably Aluminum Metallic). .
2023 Mazda 2: Tech and interior updates
Inside, there’s a large 8.0-inch infotainment screen still running the aging, pre-update MZD Connect interface – but that’s yet to be confirmed for Australia.
A previous update for Japan in 2021 also introduced a variant with wireless Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, minor engine upgrades, and a CX-3 Maxx Sport LE-like interior. However, these changes are yet to be applied to our Thai-made version.
But Mazda’s local arm has confirmed that the entry-level G15 Pure and Pure SP will get a new colored dash trim in white, black or mint depending on the vehicle’s exterior finish.
The sporty-looking Pure SP, due in 2021, will add a black roof film, while the G15 Evolve and GT will get red interior color accents.
There’s also new black leather/suede upholstery, “aero-focused” 16-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust outlets for the flagship G15 GT.
Also, a shark fin antenna will sit atop the G15 Evolve and GT variants.
It’s a facelift for the nine-year-old Mazda 2 with a comprehensive update at the end of 2019 that adds a redesigned front, more active safety features, and other new technology – but more than the pre-facelift version. At a price.
The latest update is expected to see a modest price hike for the Mazda 2, which has lost ground in the price-sensitive light car segment to the more affordable MG 3 and the now-discontinued Suzuki Baleno.
Last year, the Mazda 2 was Australia’s third best-selling light car, with 5146 registrations. It was closely outsold by the MG 3 (16,168), followed by the Suzuki Baleno (6124) – but ahead of the Toyota Yaris, which also moved into a higher price bracket with its latest generation in 2020.
When will the 2023 Mazda 2 go on sale in Australia?
gave 2023 Mazda 2 The hatch and sedan will go on sale in Australia in June, with deliveries beginning in July. Local pricing and features are expected in the coming months.
Below: The current Mazda 2, in flagship G15 GT hatch guise