By Stewart Smith on 2017-04-21 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Mazda2 gets GT
IMPROVEMENTS in steering response, suspension settings and upgrades to interiors and additional equipment have been introduced to the Mazda2 supermini range for 2017 plus two new models, the GT and GT Sport.
All models, which go on sale on June 1, feature new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and revised door mirrors with wraparound indicators. Noise reduction has been improved with the adoption of noise-insulating glass in the windscreen and additional under bonnet sound proofing.
To improve the smooth ride in the Mazda2 front and rear damper settings have been revised and to improve body control the front anti-roll bar bushing has changed and the structure of the front lower suspension arm has been modified.
Additionally, a small recalibration of the electric power steering has resulted in improved steering feel.
The revised Mazda2 now features additional equipment: SE-L and SE-L Nav cars now feature LED front fog lamps, auto power-folding mirrors and passenger seat height adjustment, while Sport Nav models benefit from visual enhancements including new 16-inch alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna.
Exclusively offered with Mazda's 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, the eight-model Mazda2 range starts at Â£12,695 for the 75bhp SE, while same engine is also offered in SE-L trim.
The new GT and GT Sport models are priced from £16,395.
Making up the bulk of the range the 90bhp version of the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine is offered in SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT trim, while the 115bhp output engine is exclusively matched to the flagship GT Sport and a six-speed manual gearbox.
Jeremy Thomson, managing director for Mazda Motors UK, said: "With annual UK sales of over 10,000 cars, the Mazda2 is a really important car in our line-up.
"These updates come just two years after the current Mazda2's launch but they are designed to ensure the Mazda2 remains a class-leading contender in what remains the biggest selling segment in the UK car market."
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