Mazda Confirms Three-Door 2

January 23, 2008

For the first time, the Mazda 2 will be available as a three-door car, and it will make its debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show. The news means a sporty “hot hatch” version – to wear the Mazda Performance Series (MPS) badge in Europe – is now more likely than ever.

The Mazda2 is based on the same architecture that will spawn the 2010 Ford Verve, which confirmed is heading into production.

A single image of the three-door Mazda and basic details have been released ahead of its Geneva debut. The powertrain lineup will be the same as with the five-door variant, launched last September, with 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline units, plus a 1.4-liter turbodiesel. The overall dimensions also remain unchanged.

Designed as the entry level model the Mazda lineup in both price and spec, the car’s frugal engines and light weight – it tips the scales at less than 2200 pounds – mean it offers high fuel economy with low emissions.

A Mazda spokesman commented: “The Mazda 2 three-door hatchback is designed to attract new customers and boost our continued growth in the European market.”-Richard Yarrow

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