2020 Mazda2 to arrive in Australia soon, GT drops manual option

September 13, 2019

The 2020 Mazda2 is set to arrive in Australia by around November, PerformanceDrive has learned, bringing in boosted safety across the range and an updated design inside and out.

Mazda unveiled the new-look 2020 Mazda2 in July this year, for the Japanese market (pictured). However, connections with our dealer network have advised us that production for the Aussie-spec model is set to commence in October, with the first deliveries to arrive from November.

According to our sources, the 2020 Mazda2 range will consist of the Maxx, Genki, and top GT, with the deletion of the Neo. With the entry variant removed, the Mazda2 automatically moves up a notch in terms of standard equipment and features.

We understand the new model will showcase Mazda’s latest autonomous emergency braking tech, with adaptive cruise control available. Lane keeping assist will also come in for the first time, along with head-up display, blind-spot warning, and adaptive headlights.

More specific details regarding what variants will come with these features is yet to be confirmed, but it looks like the six-speed manual will be dropped from the top GT variant. Instead, it’ll come with the six-speed auto only. All variants are set to receive an updated media interface as well, incorporating Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Various updates are in store for the exterior and interior. For the exterior there’s the new-look headlights which are slimmer and more angular than the current setup, with new mesh for the main grille and a more elegant lower front bumper bar insert. Refinements have been made for the interior to decrease noise and vibrations, with nicer materials used in certain areas.

As for the engine, the existing 1.5-litre petrol is set to continue from the outgoing model, where it produces 81kW. In Japan the refreshed 2020 Mazda2 is also offered with a 1.8-litre turbo-diesel, like with the local CX-3. However, this unit is unlikely for Australia. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus will be introduced for the first time for the 2 as well, helping to increase driving stability.

Prices are yet to be announced, although, a similar pricing structure to the outgoing model is expected. The current range kicks off from $15,570, keeping in mind that’s for the Neo variant. The current Maxx retails from $18,330 for the manual, with the auto adding $2000 to the bill.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.