Mazda 2 debuts at Montreal Auto Show – Video

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In Canada and especially in Quebec, the arrival of a new subcompact vehicle is an important event. This may explain why Mazda chose Montreal to officially unveil its all-new 2016 Mazda2 on the eve of the opening of the International Auto Show.

The 2016 Mazda2 for Canada will have only one engine choice: the 1.5-liter, Skyactiv gasoline four-cylinder engine that is said to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing Mazda2. That model was rated at 32 mpg combined and 35 mpg highway by the EPA, so the new car could hit some lofty numbers, with higher than 40 mpg on the highway as a distinct possibility. Transmission choices will be a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. A smaller 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel will be available in other markets.

The Canadian-market 2016 Mazda2 looks mostly the same as the car that was revealed last year for the Japanese market. Mazda’s smallest model adopts the company’s “Kodo” design language for this redesign, carrying over styling cues from the larger Mazda3 compact and Mazda6 midsize sedan. The Mazda2 will most likely remain a hatchback-only proposition for the U.S., though a sedan version did debut for other markets in November.

Production for Mazda2 models sold in North America will take place at Mazda’s new plant in Salamanca, Mexico, that has already ramped up production of the Mazda3. Since the car is scheduled to go on sale in Canada this summer, we would expect the U.S.-spec car to hit showrooms soon after that.