Stylish supermini gets some minor enhancements for the Japanese Domestic Market.
Want to get your hands on a new Mazda2? It's a stylish little hatchback, but if you live in the US, Mazda won't sell you one. It will sell you the closely related CX-3 crossover, or a larger Mazda3. The closest, though, is the new 2020 Toyota Yaris that's basically a rebadged version of the Mazda supermini you see here.
Meanwhile in Japan, though, the Zoom-Zoom brand has rolled out a series of updates for the little hatchback, and we can't help but wonder what it might mean for the Toyota version we get here.
Now available for pre-order in Japan, the new Mazda2 represents a subtle refresh over the existing model. One of the biggest changes is that the automaker's abandoned the Demio nameplate under which it's sold every iteration of the model until now, adopting the Mazda2 name it uses just about everywhere else.
Domestic nomenclature aside, though, the 2020 Mazda2 features adaptive LED headlights, an around-view monitor, and new safety systems like traffic-sign recognition and lane-keep assist. The suspension's also been retuned, the interior made quieter and more comfortable, and the infotainment system upgraded to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Buyers in the Japanese Domestic Market will be able to order theirs with either the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine or the 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. In Japan it's even available with all-wheel drive, as so many models big and small tend to be.
So what will this all mean for the Toyota Yaris we're getting here in America? Very little, if anything. Toyota just revealed the new Mazda2-based Yaris a few months ago, and isn't likely to roll out any updates this early in the game.