Mazda2 Hybrid revealed as familiar looking subcompact hatch

The new Mazda2 Hybrid will be introduced to throughout Europe from spring 2022 and brings self-charging full hybrid powertrain technology to the Mazda model range for the first time. We can’t help but notice that the new offering looks shockingly similar to the current Toyota Yaris.

The Mazda2 Hybrid combines the brand’s 1 490-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a 59 kW electric motor for a total system power of 85 kW. The new hatch will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9,7 seconds and returns a WLTP combined cycle fuel economy of around 3,3 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 93 to 87 g/km depending on the specification of 16-inch or 15-inch wheels.

Mazda2 Hybrid revealed as familiar looking subcompact hatch

At start-up, the Mazda2 Hybrid automatically runs in EV mode with zero CO2, NOx and particulate emissions. During normal driving, power allocation is adjusted between the petrol engine and electric motor. During deceleration and under braking, kinetic energy is recovered as electrical energy for storage in the high-performance battery.

Battery power level is managed via an engine-driven generator to remove any need to recharge the system from an external source. The new Mazda2 Hybrid has a 2 560 mm wheelbase figure that claims to offer comfortable accommodation for up to four adults, as well as 286 litres of boot space.

Mazda2 Hybrid revealed as familiar looking subcompact hatch

The new Mazda2 Hybrid is the latest outcome of a long-standing collaboration between Mazda and Toyota. It will be an OEM model supplied by Toyota Motor Europe and will be added to the Mazda2 European line-up as Mazda’s own brand vehicle.

The Mazda2 Hybrid is a highly significant car for Mazda in the context of the company’s commitment to fulfil the objectives laid out in ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’, its long-term vision for technological development. Specifically – in line with the Paris Agreement – its aim to reduce corporate average well-to-wheel CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and, by accelerating the electrification of its fleet, achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mazda2 Hybrid revealed as familiar looking subcompact hatch

It joins the battery electric Mazda MX-30 and the Mazda M Hybrid mild hybrid system equipped 2022 Mazda3, 2022 Mazda2 and 2022 Mazda CX-30 in Mazda’s electrified range. There’s no word of a local introduction as yet.

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Nikesh Kooverjee

Journalist for CAR Magazine since 2015. Doing my best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the automotive sphere while keeping you up-to-date of any noteworthy stories.