On the outside, Mazda claims that the new car has a revised exterior which strips away “superfluous elements” to reveal a “sculpted form that is simple yet rich.” In simpler terms, it meant that the front has a revised grille which is flanked by slimmer headlights plus a new bumper not unlike the Mazda6. At the back, there’s a modified rear bumper with less plastic body cladding and we can also see new tail lights and chrome accents.
Inside, the 2 hatch gets new front seats and updated color schemes plus additional sound deadening material for the comfort of the passengers. The Mazda Connect infotainment system has also been updated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Elsewhere, it gains a lane-keep assist, adaptive LED headlights and an adaptive cruise control system with a stop and go function. Handling wise, the new car features G-Vectoring Control Plus and a retuned suspension that promises to improve ride comfort while certain models can now be equipped with the i-Eloop regenerative braking system.