Mazda is launching a new ‘2 Hybrid’ as part of its growing electrified range. 

But if the Mazda2 Hybrid looks familiar, that’s because it’s essentially a rebadged version of the excellent Toyota Yaris. When it launches in spring 2022 it will be the Japanese firm’s first full-hybrid to be launched, though the firm does already offer mild-hybrid electrical systems in models like the ‘3’ and CX-30

The new 2’s powertrain is identical to that of the Yaris, combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor for a combined 114bhp. Mazda says this will allow for a 0-60mph time of 9.5 seconds, along with impressive efficiency – 74.3mpg is claimed, along with CO2 emissions as low as 87g/km.

Mazda also says the model automatically starts in ‘electric’ mode, while kinetic energy is recovered during acceleration and under braking to top up the battery. 

In terms of styling changes, badges aside, there’s very little to separate it from the Toyota inside and out, with Mazda confirming that the model will be ‘supplied by Toyota Motor Europe’. 

Interestingly, the new 2 Hybrid will not replace the existing ‘2’ supermini, but rather sit alongside it, with the Japanese firm saying it is ‘giving customers in the segment the choice of two distinct models, depending on their needs’. The current petrol model is also set to be several thousand pounds cheaper.

Three trim levels will be offered on the new model; Pure, Agile and Select, though there’s no word on specifications or pricing just yet. Expect further details in the new year.