While stopping well short of saying it's a dead ringer for the upcoming Mazda2, Mazda execs were happy to admit that the Mazda Hazumi Concept revealed in Geneva does meaningfully foreshadow the firm's next-generation subcompact model. Styled using the latest Kodo-Soul of Motion design language, this striking one-off also embodies all of the automaker's efficiency-enhancing SkyActiv technologies while offering Mazda's advanced Proactive Safety and connectivity systems in a package that sizes small but thinks big.
Mazda says the name Hazumi means to bound or spring up. It believes the car's dynamic presence - which chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa likens to "an animal poised to pounce"-- will have a strong appeal to the young, active and upwardly mobile potential buyers that a production version of this diminutive front-drive 5-door would focus on reaching. To impart that kind kinetic character, the Hazumi's exterior styling blends expressive but aero-enhancing edges and contours with Mazda signature-look details which are set off by powerful LED-infused lighting elements and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/45 tires.
Inside, the Hazumi also elevates its game with a cabin treatment that matches premium materials and craftsmanship with a bold color palette and class-above tech touches. The driver-focused design is based on Mazda's Heads-Up Cockpit human machine interface. It includes a multifunction steering wheel and an analog/digital instrument cluster as well as a Mazda3-like heads-up display panel and the commander control that operates the various infotainment/navigation functions via the screen at the center of the dash.
Recognizing the increasing desire of many drivers to keep in touch with the outside world even on the go, the Hazumi Concept incorporates the same Mazda Connect system found in the Mazda3 that allows full-time interaction with others via various smart devices without creating unwanted distraction. It also boasts the same i-Activesense advanced driver-assist functions that make up the Mazda Procactive Safety tech suite.
Motivation for the Mazda Hazumi Concept is provided by a new 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D turbodiesel engine that definitely will see use in some versions of the upcoming Mazda2. Like the existing 2.2-liter version, this scaled-down variant is designed to deliver excellent performance and efficiency without the need for any post-combustion aids like a NOx trap catalyst or selective catalytic reduction.
Although no firm on-sale date has been announced, we expect to see a production version of the next-gen Mazda2 turn up later this year. Only time will tell exactly how much of the Hazumi Concept actually makes it into that showroom-bound successor.
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