July 2014, Mazda officially revealed photos of the fourth generation Demio hatchback.
The fourth generation is based on a variation of Mazda’s CX-5 platform, rather than Ford’s DE platform used on the Ford Fiesta and features greater length, wider front and rear tracks, decreased interior room for rear-seat occupants and less front head and legroom.
In October 2014, the Demio was awarded the 2014–2015 “Car of the Year” by the Japan Car of the Year Committee.
The Mazda 2 uses Mazda’s SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic and SkyActiv-MT five- and six-speed manual gearboxes as well as stop-start technology (“i-STOP” turns the engine off when the car is stationary) and a brake energy regeneration system (“i-ELOOP” uses braking to charge a capacitor for all car electronics, in place of an alternator charging a battery).
The Mazda 2 will initially be offered with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter diesel engine—the SkyActiv-D, 1.5-liter diesel engine debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The gasoline engine will be available with 74 bhp, 89 bhp or 113 bhp, while the diesel will produce 104 bhp.