But would it make it stateside?
The all-new Mazda2 hatchback has just debuted, and it looks fantastic. We’re still not fully certain whether it’s bound for the North American market, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. In the meantime, there’s already some discussion regarding a potential hot hatch variant. According to Car Advice, a MazdaSpeed2, or a Mazda2 MPS in some markets, could become a reality in a few years’ time. The reason for waiting? Mazda wants to maintain interest in the car as it ages.
Mazda’s global sales and marketing general manager told the publication that "One of the challenges we (Mazda) are currently considering is how to maintain the product competitiveness throughout the lifecycle. For some markets a sportier version would work." Specific details don’t exist just yet, but the idea of a Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST fighter coming from Mazda sounds great to us. Mazda is also confident it can make this pocket rocket relevant against those rivals. It really just boils down to having enough customer interest. For now the automaker wants to see how initial sales of the new Mazda2 pan out. Rendering courtesy of X-Tomi Design.