sgCarMart – When the first official pictures of the new Mazda2 were released, I thought it looks like a shrunken 3 hatchback. But in the metal, illuminated by soft Sapporo sunlight, the exterior design of the 2 appears to be bespoke, and not just a downsizing of its bigger sibling, although the black 'quarter blades' where the integral tailgate spoiler meets the C-pillars seem to be the same as those on the five-door 3.
In his presentation, the car's Chief Designer Ryo Yanagisawa showed how awkward and distorted the 2 would look if he just shrank the 3 hatchback. He also revealed the 'eye of a beast' inspiration for the 2's striking headlights, but this is more obvious with the high-spec four-lamp LED cluster than with the standard two-lamp halogen system.
Simply put, the new 2 looks good. It's less pretty, perhaps, than the old 2, but its handsome styling will appeal to both sexes and it's properly put together, too. The female demographic hasn't been forgotten, though - one of the 11 body colours is Smoky Rose, similar to lilac.
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