As part of the annual Mazda Zoom Fest, the Japanese marque updates the smallest car in their lineup that future owners will love. Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), the local distributor of Mazda vehicles, brings in the new Mazda2. The aesthetic changes are subtle but performace updates are huge, bringing out the true joy in driving.
The new Mazda2 Sedan and Hatchback now come with G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which is part of the brand’s series of new-generation vehicle dynamics control technology. It will join the Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, the Mazda6 Sedan and Sports Wagon, and the all-new CX-5 in Mazda’s SkyActiv lineup that have this new science.
GVC uses the engine’s torque to distribute power among the wheels based on steering input. By optimizing the vehicle load among the wheels, it enhances the car’s handling and riding comfort. In short, driving will more fun and comfortable, as there will be less to non-existent body roll when making turns. You can read more about GVC here and see its exact advantage based on tests done by Mazda.
With the new Mazda2 with G-Vectoring Control, we doubt you’ll allow anyone borrow your car or drive it for you. But that’s the beauty with Mazda cars – it will bring out the driver in you and will make you want to get behind the steering wheel more instead of riding as a passenger.
Other updates on performance and comfort include changes in the characteristics of the electric power steering and suspension. In addition, engine noise isolation from the bonnet and windshield are also enhanced to increase comfort inside the cabin.
Another thing you’ll get when you buy the new Mazda2 is BAP’s YOJIN3 TOTAL CARE package that treats the owners as VIPs. How? New owners are entitled to free 3-year or 60,000 km periodic maintenance service (includes parts, oil, and labor), 3-year roadside assistance and concierge service, and 3-year or 100,000 km warranty.
The Mazda2 will stay as good-looking as ever with its KODO: Soul of Motion design, however, there's a subtle design change in the turn lamps on the side mirrors of all variants. The fog lamps also receive updates; they are now LED and decorated with chrome bezels. Inside, the steering wheel is also slightly redesigned across the lineup, as well as silver and brown accents on the dashboard.
Still powering the Mazda2 range is the 108-hp 1.5L SkyActiv-G engine, coupled to a SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. No changes, yes, but as the saying goes: if it isn’t broken, why fix it?
Best part of this update is that the prices are the same for the new Mazda2 Sedan and Hatchback. The Sedan SkyActiv R and V+ variants have price tags of P975,000 and P895,000, respectively, while the Hatchback SkyActiv V+ can be had for P865,000. If you want the Soul Red or Machine Gray color options, you just need to add P16,800 on top of the SRP.