As carmakers work towards creating environmentally-friendly models, each of them has put all their free-range eggs in one basket by going with a one approach to the problem. Mazda has committed itself to a multi-solution approach by making available various drivetrain options that now includes the Mazda 2 Hybrid.
The issue with that is development costs. A solution to that is rebadging, which they’ve done. Mazda will be launching a hybrid version of the Mazda 2 supermini but it won’t look anything like the 2 we know and love as it’ll be a rebadged Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
Another development of the two carmakers’ collaboration, the Mazda 2 Hybrid will be the marque’s first full hybrid model.
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It’ll launch in 2022 and look pretty much identical to the Yaris Hybrid that’s been available since 2020, save for the Mazda badges.
A key factor behind rebadging is the aforementioned savings on development costs but also the from the reduced fleet average CO2 emissions. The Mazda 2 Hybrid will be sold alongside the current Mazda 2; meaning you will be able to tell they aren’t identical twins.
Going with the Yaris Hybrid lock, stock and barrel; the Mazda 2 Hybrid will have the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 79 PS electric motor for a total system output of 114 PS. It's not going to break any records or bladders but more importantly, it delivers a WLTP-certified combined fuel economy figure of between 30.0 km/l and 31.6 km/l, with CO2 emissions as low as 87 g/km depending on spec.
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Just like the Yaris, the Mazda 2 Hybrid will be able to run on electric propulsion alone for short periods of time, working together with the internal combustion engine for normal driving conditions. The small battery pack can be charged with regenerative braking.
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Mazda plans three grades for the Mazda 2 Hybrid across Europe; Pure, Agile and Hybrid Select. Details are non-existent at the moment but expect the full slate closer to the launch; including pricing. A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating is carried over from the Yaris Hybrid.
Mazda and Toyota have been in bed since 2015, collaborating in various fields related to their core business of carmaking. It goes as far as a joint-venture plant.
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