Since its launch in 2014, the Mazda2 has set the standard in the very competitive light segment market in New Zealand and this is set to continue with the 2017 Mazda2.
The 2017 model has several enhancements to safety, driving dynamics and specifications that will further strengthen its appeal to New Zealand motorists looking for a stunning looking small vehicle that is equally impressive around town and on the open road.
David Hodge, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, believes the 2017 Mazda2 is the most impressive small car on the market.
“Externally it looks great from every angle and it’s obvious the Mazda designers put a lot of effort in ensuring this vehicle would stand out from other vehicles on the road. The features and specifications of the 2017 Mazda2 are simply outstanding. When you get behind the wheel you really appreciate what a great vehicle it is.”
The 2017 model receives some subtle changes to it’s already award winning design. These include larger wrap-around side-turn lamps on exterior mirrors along with a powerfold function (manual on the GLX and automatic on GSX and Limited models).
GSX and Limited models also feature a shark fin antenna and a medium-grey grille garnish. The GSX has new gunmetal coloured 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited model’s alloys have a new silver colouring.
Great things come in small packages and this is certainly the case with the interior of the 2017 Mazda2. New design themes feature across all grades, along with other design and comfort enhancements aimed at delivering the ultimate driver and passenger experience.
The new generation 6.5 steering wheel offers better grip and feel, while the meters and graphics are updated to deliver a more consistent look to the dashboard’s fonts and colours. On GSX and Limited models, the MZD connect screen housing features in Piano Black. The Limited model gets the new full-colour Active Driving Display as seen in the new Mazda3 and Mazda6.
Rear seat passengers benefit from the addition of rear air conducting ducts located below the front seats, as well as passenger assist grips to enable easier entry and exit from the vehicle. The GLX and GSX models feature black cloth trim while the Limited boasts a black leather trim.
Mazda’s focus on the connection between the car and driver (Jinba Ittai) has resulted in changes to further enhance handling and response. The most significant is the addition of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) across all models of the 2017 Mazda2 range. Unique to Mazda, GVC has been well received by both motoring experts and the public following its introduction in the 2016 Mazda3 and Mazda6.
The GVC system provides the driver with greater confidence by delivering improved handling and stability across a range of driving conditions - from low-speed everyday driving and high speed straight line driving, to winding roads and emergency avoidance manoeuvres.
The Mazda2 has a reputation for delivering an outstanding driving experience and comfort. This has been taken to another level following modifications to various components. The Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system has been re-tuned to provide immediate feedback the moment the steering wheel is turned resulting in precise control. Adjustments to front and rear stabiliser bushings deliver improved driving stability and body roll.
New Zealand’s variety of road services can present car manufacturers with challenges when it comes to reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The Mazda team have added extra absorption materials in the engine bay, tailgate and windscreen areas to give the driver and passengers a quieter, smoother ride.
Hodge says for drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles, safety is a top priority.
“These days with many larger vehicles on the road drivers want to know their small car has the latest safety technologies to assist them in avoiding hazards, collisions and to reduce the severity of unavoidable accidents. Mazda designers and engineers have included many of the evolved i-ACTIVSENSE technologies seen in the new Mazda3 and Mazda6 in the 2017 Mazda2 that will deliver drivers and passengers’ peace of mind”
Advanced Smart City Brake Support – Forward (ASCBS-F) is now standard across the entire 2017 Mazda2 line-up. The Limited model also comes up with Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH), Smart City Brake Support -R (SCBS-R) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).
There are nine colours to choose from including 3 new colours. Eternal Blue Mica is a new addition, while Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica replace Metropolitan Grey and Black Mica.
mazdacare features as standard with every new Mazda2 – a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises of a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 5 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.