Article By John Redfern

New Mazda 2 Hybrid revealed – with a familiar face

A collaboration with Toyota has created Mazda’s first self-charging hybrid supermini.

An all-new hybrid version of the Mazda 2 supermini will go on sale in the UK in 2022.

It marks the first time Mazda has sold a full hybrid, with the existing Mazda 2 only offering mild hybrid tech.

A long-standing partnership between Toyota and Mazda has brought the new car to market. It will be sold alongside the current Mazda 2 supermini.

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Based on the latest Yaris, the new Mazda 2 Hybrid also makes use of Toyota’s efficient powertrain.

That means a 93hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine connected to a 59kW electric motor. It results in a combined output of 116hp.

Mazda says the 2 Hybrid will be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds, with a top speed of 109mph.

On the WLTP combined fuel economy cycle, the 2022 Mazda 2 Hybrid can achieve between 70.6 and 74.3 mpg. Depending on the size of alloy wheels chosen, CO2 emissions range from 87-93g/km.

When first started, the Mazda 2 Hybrid will default to electric mode. It can be driven as a pure EV for a short distance, with the engine joining in when needed.

The split in power between the engine and electric motor is managed automatically while driving, with a focus on maximising fuel economy.

As a full hybrid, an engine-mounted generator is used to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking is used to provide additional charge.

Toyota’s European operation will be responsible for building the 2 Hybrid. However, the car will be branded solely as a Mazda, and sold in Mazda dealers.

UK customers can pick from three different trim levels: Pure, Agile and Select.

Full specification and prices for the Mazda 2 Hybrid will be confirmed closer to the car reaching showrooms in spring 2022.

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