Photos of the 2016 Mazda Demio, aka the Mazda2 in North America, have surfaced. Frankly, it looks a lot like a small Mazda3, which isn't a bad thing.
The rear still resembles the current 2, but the front has assimilated with the current Mazda corporate look. Like I said, not a bad thing.
The interior looks simple, clean, and functional. Very minimalist. I really dig it. Again, mini Mazda3 anyone?
Mazda will employ its SKYACTIV technology, which basically means they keep the weight down and the engine efficient. North American specs haven't been released, but it's being reported by Car and Driver that the wheelbase will be 3.1 inches longer for a 101.2 inches. Overall length should stretch out to 159.8 inches—up more than a half foot. Again, North American engine details haven't been revealed, but expect a 1.3, 1.5, and 1.5-liter turbo-diesel mill for the global market; I expect the US to get the 1.5. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are also to be expected. Also expect it for sale early next year.
Of course, the other part of this puzzle is that Mazda is supposed to be making Toyota's next-gen Yaris (or whatever they'll call it). So will will the styling, engine, and interior be the same? Stay tuned for more.