The 2017 Mazda 2 range has arrived in Australia, bringing a significant boost in value with small but important additions to the local light car range. Pricing has remained unchanged, but Mazda Australia claims that an extra $1,000 value has been added to each model.
Headlining changes to the range is new standard equipment, including previously-optional Autonomous Emergency Braking across the range. This means that the Mazda 2 is among the safest in the light car segment.
The mid-spec Maxx adds to this with AEB in reverse – incredibly handy if children or unseen objects are behind the car when reversing – and Genki and top-spec GT also add blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, all of which are unavailable in any other car in the light car field.
The 2017 Mazda 2 comes at a crucial time for light cars, which have declined almost 20% year-on-year, a result of booming SUV sales in Australia. Despite Australians flocking to SUVs at a record rate, Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi isn’t too concerned for his passenger car sales. “While SUV sales are growing at a record rate, you cannot lose sight of passenger cars” he said.
“The Mazda 2, 3 and 6 make up the majority of our passenger car sales. 17.6% of the passenger car segment in sales are Mazdas”
The Mazda 2 remains the second-highest selling light car in Australia with 3,097 sales so far in 2017 and 16.4% market share, just behind the Hyundai Accent. Taking purely private sales into account however, the Mazda2 is the number one seller in the segment.
Mazda Australia are hoping that the 2017 Mazda 2 update brings more popularity to the range with new equipment that was previously unavailable on the car. The whole range earns Automatic Emergency Braking, electric-folding mirrors and Mazda’s G-Vectoring electronic chassis assistance as standard equipment.
The mid-spec Maxx also earns AEB in reverse and a DAB+ digital radio whilst the Genki earns auto-folding mirrors, a colour heads-up display on top of the dashboard, blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. At the top of the range, the new GT spec replaces the Genki S-Pack and adds white leather/black cloth with red highlights (hatch) or black leather/black suede with bronze highlights (sedan). The GT is also available in the sedan bodyshape, bringing higher specs to the sedan for the first time in the local Mazda 2’s history.
Mechanically the 2017 Mazda 2 remains largely unchanged, but Mazda have also revised the colours and trims available for the 2017 Mazda2, removing Gunmetal Blue, Metropolitan Grey, Black and Smokey Rose and replacing them with Eternal Blue, Meteor Grey, Jet Black and Deep Crimson respectively.
The range also sees revised interior trims, a slim new steering wheel borrowed from the Mazda 3, revised speedometer fonts, rear heater ducts under the front seats and more sound insulation added under the boot to lower road noise levels.
2017 Mazda 2 Range Highlights
– Standard-tune 79kW/139Nm 1.5-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine with 5.4L/100km (manual) and 5.5L/100km (auto) combined fuel consumption
– 15-inch steel wheels with seven-spoke plastic hubcaps
– Six airbags with stability control and anti-lock brakes
– Autonomous Emergency Braking
– Push-button start
– Four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB inputs
– Reverse parking sensors
– Auto-off halogen headlamps
– Power windows and electric-folding mirrors
– G-Vectoring Control
– Auto hill-holding
– Sport mode (automatic only)
Maxx features in addition to Neo:
– High-tune 81kW/141Nm 1.5-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine with 5.2L/100km (manual) and 4.9L/100km (auto) combined fuel consumption
– Mazda’s i-stop stop/start system to reduce urban fuel consumption
– Autonomous Emergency Braking – reverse
– Seven-inch touch screen infotainment system with a rotary controller with Mazda’s MZD Connect software and Aha and Pandora internet radio integration
– Six speakers
– Reversing camera
– DAB+ digital radio
– 15-inch alloy wheels
– Leather-wrapped steering wheel/gearknob/handbrake
– Gloss carbon interior trim
Genki features in addition to Maxx:
– 16-inch alloy wheels
– LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
– LED foglamps
– Automatic headlights/rain-sensing wipers
– Colour heads-up display with speed limit information
– Satellite navigation with speed limit/camera/school zone integration
– Blind-spot monitoring
– Rear traffic alert
– Chrome grille and styling treatment
– Faux leather dashboard trimmings with exposed stitching
– Auto-folding mirrors upon locking of the car
GT features in addition to Genki:
– Half-white leather/black cloth trim (hatch) on the seats, dashboard and door trims with red stitching and red air vent details
– Half-black leather/black suede trim (sedan) on the seats, dashboard and door trims with brown stitching and brown air vent details
– Bright-finish machined 16-inch alloy wheels
2017 Mazda 2 Pricing (plus on-road costs):
Neo six-speed manual hatch or sedan: $14,990
Neo six-speed automatic hatch or sedan: $16,990
Maxx six-speed manual hatch or sedan: $17,690
Maxx six-speed automatic hatch or sedan: $19,690
Genki six-speed manual hatch: $20,690
Genki six-speed automatic hatch: $22,690
GT six-speed manual hatch or sedan: $21,680
GT six-speed automatic hatch or sedan: $23,680
The 2017 Mazda 2 range is in dealerships now.
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