Mazda Opts for Toyota Hybrid Tech in Latest Model

Mazda has launched its first self-charging hybrid is a clear statement that it views the need to continue faith with ICE technology despite the noise coming from BEV lobbyists.

Its Mazda2 Hybrid goes on sale at the heart of the markets leading the move towards electrification by hitting forecourts throughout Europe from spring 2022.  It combines a 1,490cc 90bhp three-cylinder petrol engine with a 59kW electric motor for a total system power of 110bhp.

The model claims a 0-62mph sprint time in 9.7 seconds and returns a WLTP combined cycle fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg (61.87mpg US) and CO2 emissions of just 93-87 g/km depending on the specification of 16-inch or 15-inch wheels. During normal driving, power allocation is adjusted between the gasoline engine and electric motor for the best performance and fuel efficiency. During deceleration and under braking, kinetic energy is recovered as electrical energy for storage in the high-performance battery. Battery power level is managed via an engine-driven generator to remove any need to recharge the system from an external source.

The new Mazda2 Hybrid is the latest outcome of a long-standing collaboration with Toyota and employs its tried-and-trusted hybrid technologies. It will be an OEM model supplied by Toyota Motor Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, and will be added to the Mazda2 European line-up as Mazda’s own brand vehicle.

It joins the battery electric Mazda MX-30 and the Mazda M Hybrid mild hybrid system equipped 2022 Mazda3, 2022 Mazda2 and 2022 Mazda CX-30 in Mazda’s electrified range.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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