Mazda appears to be preparing to launch a revamped version of the Toyota Yaris that could soon become the replacement for the Mazda 2 supermini. Nothing is official yet, but after digging through the company’s various investor presentations and financial results, we’ve put the story together.
The new car will be part of Mazda’s longstanding partnership with Toyota, where the two will work together from autonomous technology to all-electric vehicles.
During an investor presentation in November 2020, Mazda announced that it would be launching an “OEM-supplied model based on the Yaris THS” by 2022 – which we expect to be the next-generation Mazda 2 due to the similar sizes of the two cars will be.
In June of this year, Mazda announced that it would bring 13 new electrified vehicles to market by 2025, divided into five plug-in hybrids, five hybrids and three electric vehicles. In the same report, Mazda also confirmed that the hybrids will be powered by the same electrified technology found in the latest Prius and Yaris – the rather unimaginatively named Toyota Hybrid System (THS).
We’ve already seen a similar partnership between Toyota and Suzuki in action. The latter company recently launched the Swace Kombi and Across SUV, which are subtly optimized versions of the Corolla resp.
So the next 2 should use the same platform and bodywork as the latest Yaris, with Mazda making a few tweaks to the supermini’s front-end styling and interior to make the car its own.
Toyota’s 114 hp 1.5-liter gasoline hybrid powertrain is also split between the two vehicles, which means savings figures of around 65 mpg should be possible. As an added benefit for Mazda, Toyota’s hybrid powertrain will also reduce fleet emissions and help the company meet increasingly stringent CO2 regulations.
Inside, we expect the same dashboard layout, digital displays, and seven-inch infotainment system as the Yaris, although the Toyota graphics for the screens are swapped out for Mazda graphics to match the badge on the trunk of the car.
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