The new Mazda2.
The new Mazda2.

Mazda2 receives sporting touches in mid-life upgrade

THE ageing Mazda2 has received a sporting makeover to keep sales ticking along. 

Prices for the Mazda2 basement model have remained the same at $15,790, but Maxx Sport has dropped $760 for both manual and automatic models.

Mazda has deleted the top-of-the-range Genki which had a retail price of $20,495. 

A new line-up has the Neo Sport model replacing the previous entry-level Neo while the upgraded Maxx Sport model replaces both the Maxx and the Genki at the top of the Mazda2 range.

Mazda2 Neo Sport's features are carried over from the outgoing Neo but they now have 15-inch alloy wheels. Mazda says the alloys, combined with air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB input and power windows the Neo Sport is "perhaps the best-value Mazda ever".

The Maxx Sport gains about $1200 in additional equipment on top of what was previously featured in the Genki. It now comes fitted with front fog lamps, a chrome exhaust extension, trip computer, leather gear shift knob (on manual models) and a red stitched leather wrapped steering wheel - that red stitching is also featured on the seats.

Climate control air conditioning is also now on the specification list..

Two colours have been added, Jet Black mica and Blue Reflex mica which takes the total colour palette to eight. Metallic and mica paint colours are a no cost option on the Mazda2 range.

"Mazda2 is already Australia's favourite city car and this latest upgrade makes it even more appealing than ever," Mazda Australia's director of marketing Alastair Doak said. 

"Style and safety have always been two hallmarks of the Mazda2 range but with buyers also benefitting from improved value there is more reason than ever before for new car buyers to consider this impressive light car stalwart."

Mazda2 Neo Sport five-speed manual  $15,790
Mazda2 Neo Sport automatic    $17,440
Mazda2 Maxx Sport five-speed manual    $16,930
Mazda2 Maxx Sport automatic     $18,580
The new Mazda2 Neo Sport.
The new Mazda2 Neo Sport.


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