Next-gen Mazda2 to be based on Toyota Yaris – report

According to a report from Autocar, the next-generation Mazda2 will be spun-off from the recently launched, fourth-gen Toyota Yaris – at least in Europe. Company documents confirm plans for a model based on Toyota’s advanced hybrid tech.

Speculation from other media outlets has put a cloud over the fate of the Hiroshima hatch, with some suggesting it could even be replaced by an SUV. The tie-up would be an extension of a technical agreement between Mazda and Toyota, whereby the former utilises the hybrid system of the latter.

Detailed in the company’s recent financial presentation is a plan for an “OEM-supplied model based on Yaris THS” (Toyota Hybrid System) within two years. The hybrid system in question combines a 1.5-litre engine with an electric motor, resulting in 85kW.

Europeans receive their Yaris supply courtesy of a factory in northern France. Given that Australian-delivered models come from Japan, the implications for the local market are unclear at this point. It may well be the case that our next-gen Mazda2 is also Yaris-based. What also remains unclear is whether Mazda will seek to differentiate the car from its donor to bring it more into line with its sporting image.

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Neither company is shy about crawling into bed with other carmakers; Mazda calling on Isuzu for its latest BT-50, not to mention Toyota’s well-publicised collaboration with BMW for the Supra. Suzuki also sells a rebadged version of the RAV4 in some markets.

This reverses a trend which began in North America in 2015. The current-gen Mazda2 was rebadged as a Toyota Yaris or Scion iA, before Toyota’s youth brand became defunct.

Locally, the Mazda2 received a comprehensive facelift at the beginning of the year, including cosmetic changes and a spec realignment. It is priced from $20,990 to $25,990. We will keep you posted with news about local implications for the Mazda2 as it comes to hand.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.