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2015 Mazda2 Variant to Battle Mini Cooper

Could be powered by a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D engine.

Just a couple of months ago, Mazda revealed its Hazumiconcept at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing what is expected to be thenext-generation 2015 Mazda2. The beautiful concept car was widely praised, andgained quite a lot of attention for a Japanese econo-hatch at an importantEuropean show. Now, new rumors are claiming that Mazda really plans to take onsome leading European hatches, with the next Mazda2 spawning a MiniCooper-battling variant.

Little is known about this rumored model, but some sourcestell us that it may be called the Verisa, a moniker already used by Mazda for ahighly-unfashionable existing model. The same sources say that the performance variantof the next 2 could be powered by a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D engine, which shouldallow it to take on competition from Mini, Citroen and other European brands. It is currently under development at Mazda Europe. For now, we only have some decent-looking renders from a site called HolidayAuto, although these have little in common with the Hazumi’s design.

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