According to reports out of Japan, the 2015 Mazda2 will spawn a new model to battle the MINI Cooper and Citroen DS3.

According to reports out of Japan, the 2015 Mazda2 will spawn a new model to battle the MINI Cooper and Citroen DS3.

Rumored to adopt the Verisa moniker, the model is being billed as a more stylish and upscale version of the Mazda2. Little else is known about the car but Holiday Auto says Mazda Europe is handling its development and it will be slightly larger than the current Verisa.

Sources also suggest there could be a high-performance variant with a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D engine.

We're taking everything with a grain of salt but the model will reportedly be previewed by a concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The production model is slated to arrive about a year later in the first quarter of 2016.

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