In the first major update to the Mazda2 since its 2014 launch, Mazda has expanded both the hatchback and sedan ranges of its popular Light car.

The former grows from three grades to four, with a new range-topping GT joining the entry-grade Neo, mid-spec Maxx and the high-grade Genki (pictured). The sedan range increases from two to three grades, with the GT available alongside the Neo and Maxx.

The New Mazda2 is on sale now with no increase in pricing and up to $1000 in added value.

In what is a first for the Light car segment, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are now available on the Mazda2, and are fitted as standard equipment on the Genki and GT.

These i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies join Smart City Brake Support Forward (SCBS-F), which is now standard across the entire range – with Mazda the only volume seller to offer such – and Smart City Brake Support Reverse (SCBS-R) which is now standard from the Maxx variant up.

Following on from the recent Mazda3 and Mazda6 re-launches, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control makes its way to the new Mazda2.

Under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre, 79kW/139Nm SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, with a high-spec, 81kW/141Nm alternative for Maxx, Genki and GT models including i-stop, mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. ADR combined cycle fuel economy figures start from 4.9 litres/100km.

In pursuit of better ride and handling, updates have been made to suspension bushings, front and rear dampers and a recalibration of the electric power steering.

A noise-insulating windscreen, new engine and luggage compartment insulation and damping material have been incorporated to improve NVH levels.

The New Mazda2 gets an updated steering wheel, more legible instruments, digital radio is available from the Maxx grade up, and the Genki and GT now come with a colour Active Driving Display.

Every model in the range also receives an updated trim package, with Neo, Maxx and Genki all featuring their own individual black cloth designs, GT hatch comes in pure white leather, and the GT sedan has black leather seats with a synthetic suede insert, coupled with deep brown accents on the seat, dashboard and door trims.

Electric folding side mirrors – that fold automatically on high-spec variants – have been re-designed and include integrated indicators.

Genki and GT grades also get a shark fin antenna on hatch models, bright-plated fog light bezels and a gunmetal coloured grille, while the 16-inch alloy wheels are differentiated by colour: the Genki has a gunmetal finish and the GT is painted silver.

The choice of exterior colours has been updated with the introduction of an all-new Deep Crimson Mica, while Eternal Blue Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica all make their Mazda2 debut. These join Soul Red Metallic, Dynamic Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica and Aluminium Metallic. While Soul Red costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.