Mazda2 2023 launched: A trickle upgrade, it’s hard to recognize new points

Mazda2 2023 subtly upgraded for urban users - Photo 1.

PhotoMazda2 2023 is tweaked to look more powerful – Photo: Carscoops

Mazda2 2023 is just an updated version (facelift) and not a completely new model, but even small changes are still noticeable to urban car users. Mazda omits all cumbersome designs, except for the Pure version with a shark fin antenna.

The changes start at the front end with a larger grille, new X-shaped front bumper in black or in the same color as the rest of the exterior, hinting at the possibility of an EV variant. Yellow or red accents on the grille depending on the model. The Mazda badge stands out more with a built-in radar sensor.

All hatchbacks, as well as the GT Sedan, have also been updated with a redesigned rear bumper, but so subtle that it’s hard to notice without a closer look. This new bumper also has small color accents similar to the front grille.

Mazda2 2023 subtly upgraded for urban users - Photo 2.
Mazda2 2023 subtly upgraded for urban users - Photo 3.

The changes are small but enough to encourage urban users to consider when deciding to buy a new car – Photo: Carscoops

Mazda also introduced two new paint colors for the 2023 model year. They are Aero Gray Metallic and Airstream Blue Metallic. That means buyers now have nine exterior paint options. The Pure SP version is equipped with a standard black roof.

Mazda2 2023 subtly upgraded for urban users - Photo 4.
Mazda2 2023 subtly upgraded for urban users - Photo 5.

Exterior color options expanded – Photo: Carscoops

The changes inside are more obvious. The 8-inch infotainment screen is larger but still uses the old MZD Connect interface, equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging.

Creating accents for the interior space are the decorative arrays of Pure White, Mirror Black or Mint for the Pure.

The Evolve and GT variants have a black interior with red stitching accents and ambient air vents.

The Mazda2 GT features partially leather seats, a red and black dashboard, polished dual exhausts, and an aviation-inspired multi-spoke wheel design.

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Mazda2 2023 interior is improved with a large screen and more subtle accents – Photo: Carscoops

Full powertrain and pricing details haven’t been announced yet. But based on the leaked catalog, it is likely that the Mazda2 2023 will be equipped with a 1.5L engine, capacity of 104 horsepower and torque of 250 Nm.

Mazda2 2023 is expected to debut first in Japan at the end of January.

In Vietnam, the Mazda2 sedan competes in the B-class sedan group such as Toyota Vios or Hyundai Accent, while the hatchback version competes with Suzuki Swift or Toyota Yaris. With sales of only 3,904 vehicles, Mazda2 ranked 5th in the segment last year but still won the hearts of female customers when it won the Women’s Economy Car award at the Car Choice Awards 2022.

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