According to a recent report, the next-generation Mazda2 will be built on the same platform as the CX-5 crossover.
The news comes from a spokesperson for the Japanese automaker’s UK importer in an interview with just-auto. In the same interview, the person also confirmed that Mazda is moving to four-year model cycles with facelifts after just two years. That means we’ll get a new Mazda6 when its lifecycle ends in 2016 and we’ll see a facelift as early as 2014.
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As for the Mazda2, sharing the architecture with the automaker’s CX-5 will allow Mazda to share multiple modules and powertrains with the existing Mazda6 in addition to the next-generation Mazda3. Essentially, the CX-5 and 6 are currently sharing the same platform and the Mazda2 and Mazda3 will be following. That also hints that the automaker will switch all its remaining front-wheel drive models to the same platform.
And for those wondering, Mazda currently has no plans for a smaller CX-3, at least for now.
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