The 2015 Mazda2 Is How You Make A Good-Looking Small Hatch

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The first photos of the all-new 2015 Mazda2 leaked out yesterday, but they were grainy, low-res pics that didn't do the car much justice. Now full specs and photos have been released by Mazda2, and I have to say I think their new small hatch is a win in the design department.

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It's nice how far removed we are from the era where a small economy hatchback had to be a hideous-looking penalty box that screamed to the world, "I'm poor and I suck at life." This thing is actually pretty attractive.

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The new Mazda2 uses a new downsized version of the SkyActiv platform used on larger Mazdas, as well as all-new engines. It gets three of them at launch in the Japanese market: a 1.5-liter gasoline motor, a 1.5-liter diesel, and a smaller 1.3-liter gasoline unit. No word on which will reach the U.S., but I'd bet on the first one. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.

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The inside looks pretty nice too, in a minimalist kind of way. It still has that tacked-on infotainment screen like most new Mazdas and other newer cars, but the whole package is clean and handsome, so I'll give it a pass overall. It's a massive improvement over the old Mazda2's budget-tastic interior, that's for sure.

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I have found the new Mazda3 to be one of the better and more fun-to-drive compacts on the market right now. If the new Mazda2 can cram all of that into a smaller package, it should be worth paying attention to.

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Production is underway in Japan, and the car will make its auto show debut in Paris in October. It's expected to go on sale this fall.

Neat. Now how about a Mazdaspeed version with 200 horsepower and a turbo? We can't let its former platform-mate the Fiesta ST have all the fun, right?

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Every car should have that interior. Quality design at its best, that will still look good in many years to come i think.