With the Detroit Auto Show
still underway and dozens of new car debuts planned at the 2015 Montreal Auto Show
this weekend, it seems Mazda Canada beat everyone to the punch by revealing the all-new 2016 Mazda2
at a private event last night in downtown Montreal. Naturally, we were on hand to bring you a closer look at the latest and most compact Kodo
Gone is the old round, cute and bubbly exterior
, as the all-new 2016 Mazda2
offers a vast improvement and attractive implementation of the more chiseled lines seen throughout the current Mazda line-up. The familiar front-end finally fits in with the rest of the Japanese brand's Kodo designed family and offers unique exterior styling, something that's hard to find among the sea of similarly shaped subcompact cars.
The all-new Mazda2 also aims to offer an improved powertrain and platform from the previous model by fully adopting Skyactiv technology and engineering philosophy already applied to other popular models including the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.
Here in Canada, the 2016 Mazda2 will be powered by a lightweight direct-injection 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G gas engine
, engineered to produce competitive fuel economy figures. The exact fuel consumption and horsepower numbers for the new Mazda2 have yet to be made official, but we've been assured this 1.5-litre has been tuned for more torque (and maybe more than the outgoing model's 100 horsepower).
As for transmissions, the 2016 Mazda2 will come in your choice of either a six-speed automatic Skyactiv-Drive (newly developed for use with a small displacement engine) or a welcomed six-speed manual Skyactiv-MT transmission.
Inside, the new Mazda2 features a fresh, linear look
based on the heads-up cockpit concept that include an Active Driving Display, seven-inch center display and commander control, plus its Mazda Connect in-car infotainment system. An available navigation system uses data from SD cards, which can be purchased with the vehicle or separately.
While pricing details and trim levels have yet to be announced, one can expect it to land near the current $14,450 base price of the outgoing model. Stay tuned for more details and click here to view our live photo gallery
from the event.