Mazda 2's electric lock (photo: manufacturer's website)
Although in other markets it is already marketed in what can be called a kind of new generation, which is actually Mazda's version of the Toyota Yaris hybrid, here the old Mazda 2 is still sold with the same recipe based on the generation introduced in 2014.
Which makes it one of the "oldest" cars on the roads in Israel.
Not that it stopped it from returning in 2022 to be the best-selling super mini car in Israel.
At least as we found in its road test, it is still able to offer something to its customers even today.
Now, towards its tenth year on the production line, it receives another facelift and even if Mazda and electric drive still don't really go together, it gives the front of the 2 the opaque grill - a hallmark of electric cars.
Asymmetric colored decoration on the rear bumper (photo: manufacturer's website)
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What you will see are changes to the front skirts, along with a slightly different grill that reduces the "shield" it has on the front.
In selected versions, the plastic panel in the color of the car that fills the grill will also be offered.
Another change is an asymmetric colored decoration that will appear on the front grill and rear bumper, and will come in red or yellow depending on the exterior color.
From the pictures you can also see the addition of a "shark antenna" on the roof, it is not clear if it will come as standard or part of an accessory package.
Inside the passenger cabin, the touch screen has grown by a single inch.
and now stands at 8 inches, with no change in the operating system itself.
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And for those who want, there is also a "regular" grill in a sporty version, at least in terms of design (photo: manufacturer's website)
Despite competitors that are younger than it, more economical and safer than it, Mazda 2 as mentioned managed to end last year with an impressive jump in deliveries in Israel.
About 7,000 pieces of it hit the road, far ahead of the Hyundai i20, Seat Ibiza and the others.
The secret, beyond the local preference for what is simple and works, an atmospheric engine and an automatic transmission without turbochargers and without double clutch boxes?
The fact that major markets in Europe have switched to the Yaris-based 2 diverts supplies to the Israeli market.
Medalek Motors, the importer of Mazda to Israel, stated that the renewed Mazda 2 is expected to arrive here in the third quarter of 2023.