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New Mazda 2

The all-new Mazda 2 five-door hatchback goes on sale in the UK from 8 September, and unlike most new models, Mazda has tried to hard to make it as light as possible. This results in it being better to drive, and more economical.

Three petrol engines are available at launch, a 1.3-litre 75ps and a 1.3-litre 86ps, together with a 1.5-litre 103ps. The petrol range will be joined by a 1.4-litre 68ps diesel engine a few months later.

Three equipment levels will be available: TS, TS2 and Sport.

The range starts with the Mazda 2 TS at £8,499; standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD, driver and front passenger airbags, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, driver seat height adjust, CD radio with AUX jack and two speakers, multi-function glovebox with magazine rack, Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser and electric door mirrors.

The new TS2 model will be priced from £9,999 and will have additional equipment including 15-inch alloy wheels, side and curtain airbags, electric folding door mirrors, four audio speakers, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, leather steering wheel and gear knob and air-conditioning.

Topping the petrol launch range will be the new Mazda2 Sport, with a engine and a full sports styling kit, priced from £11,799. This model gain additional items of equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, dynamic stability control, traction control, cruise control, fog lights, rain sensing wipers and auto lights, electric rear windows, trip computer, speed alarm, six audio speakers and climate control air-conditioning.

Other specification details to be confirmed.