The next Mazda 2 should appear in 2022 because the current model has been on the market since 2014. Most recently, the predecessor was refreshed and equipped with mild hybrid technology, but that will not be enough in the long term: Even stricter emission limits should make more electrification indispensable. Hybrid pioneer Toyota is just in time, as Suzuki had already discovered. With the Swatch and the Across, the car manufacturer has recently started offering tried and tested Toyota hybrid models under its brand.
It has already been confirmed that within two years a Mazda model with Yaris THS technology (Toyota’s Hybrid System) is to come onto the market. The British “Autocar” reported it first. The Erlkönig pictures show that not only the technology of the Yaris was adopted. Mazda’s new small car comes as a renamed Toyota, only the brand emblems and model logos have been swapped.
Otherwise, the two Japanese small cars are visually identical. Mazda is an established, but comparatively small manufacturer that would have to develop a completely new and hybrid-compatible platform for the Mazda 2 (2022). Costs that can be saved with so-called “badge engineering”.
UPCOMING MAZDA 2 (2022) AS A HYBRID BASED ON YARIS
The new Mazda 2 (2022) will be equipped with the full hybrid drive of the Yaris Hybrid. Means: A 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 98 HP provides propulsion in conjunction with a 79 HP electric motor, the system output is a maximum of 116 HP. Under the back seat is a modern lithium-ion battery, which offers little electric range, but provides enough power to take the load off the gasoline engine.
Charging takes place through recuperation and excess energy from the burner. According to WLTP measurements, the drive in the Toyota consumes just 4 liters per 100 kilometers. Similar values are to be expected for the structurally identical Mazda. Since the Mazda 2 Hybrid is only intended for Europe for the time being, the Yaris twin should also roll off the assembly line in Valenciennes in northern France.
The 1.0 and 1.5 combustion engines should be reserved for the Yaris. The fact that Toyota and Mazda like to trust each other when it comes to small cars has been shown in the USA: There – here the other way around – the current Mazda 2 was also recently named Toyota Yaris. In the meantime, however, both are from the US market. When the Mazda 2 (2022) based on Yaris will start and at what price remains open. The Yaris Hybrid starts at 23,450 euros (as of October 2021).