The eighth generation Mazda Carol has officially launched in Japan with a mild hybrid power source. Introduced since 1963, this urban car has also been produced by Suzuki since 1980.
This rebadged is known as the Suzuki Alto and only recently also presented the latest version. The two models look identical, apart from the badge and small chrome trim on the Suzuki Alto’s fascia that sets it apart.
The Mazda Carol inherits the boxy-slash-cute styling and compact dimensions of the Suzuki Alto. More specifically, this car measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and 1,525 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,460 mm.
Mazda Carol is available in three variants, namely GL, Hybrid GS, and Hybrid GX. The first was just an ICE, with a 660cc three-cylinder petrol engine producing 48 hp. The power is sent to the front (2WD) or to all four wheels (4WD) via a CVT gearbox. The Hybrid variant adds an integrated starter generator (ISG) that produces 2.5 hp and a lithium-ion battery pack. This variant has a fuel consumption of 3.61 lt/100km.
Looking into the cabin, the Mazda Carol has plenty of storage compartments around the four-seater cabin. Surprisingly, this urban car doesn’t get a 7-inch Alto infotainment screen as all grades are equipped with plastic panels that cover the area between the climate control vents. However, higher trims get features like LED headlights, 14-inch wheels and automatic air conditioning. The Mazda Carol will be available in Japan from mid-January 2022.