At the crux of the third generation 2’s new look is the distance between the front axle and the base of the A-pillars.
Whereas the previous model favoured something more akin to a monocab profile that apparently brought those two elements closer together, here Mazda has moved the front axle 80mm forwards and the pillars 80mm back.
The result, when considered alongside the high shoulder line, wider track and signature grille, shifts the 2 closer in look to the Mazda 3 above it.
Like the 3, it uses Mazda’s Skyactiv platform. This increases the high-strength steel proportion by 12% and ultra-high-tensile steel now makes up 30% of the total structure. As a result, the 2 is not only 22% stiffer than the model it replaces but also 7% lighter, despite being larger.
The suspension is MacPherson struts at the front and a rear torsion beam, very much the supermini norm, but Mazda has increased castor angle at the front wheels to improve steering response and raised the mounting of the twist beam at the rear to better handle impacts. The steering ratio has also been slightly quickened and its mounts adjusted.