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Mazda Hazumi concept at Geneva

Following the leaked image in February, Mazda have officially revealed their Hazumi concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The concept's name, 'Hazumi', means to 'spring' or 'jump up' in Japanese.

 

The Mazda Hazumi concept's specs

 

Power for the model is gained by a new 1.5 litre SkyActiv turbo diesel four cylinder engine, which is the first time this engine has been seen. The engine will also feature in the production version where Mazda claims it will be capable of producing less than 90g/km of CO2. This would mean the vehicle would meet Euro VI emissions regulations, making it exempt from road tax.

 

For those after a petrol engined variant, the company will also offer a 1.5 litre petrol engine with the production car which will be marketed in the mainstream subcompact B-segment.

 

The engine will be mated to a SkyActive-Drive six speed automatic gearbox with Mazda's i-stop engine stop-start and i-ELOOP energy-recovery system.

 

The Mazda Hazumi concept styling and tech

 

Overall, the concept is a five door model, reaching 4,070mm in length, 1,730mm in width and 1,450mm in height. This height if raised a few millimetres makes the dimensions close to those for the production 2 which is due next year, making it similar in height to the current Ford Fiesta. The wheelbase for the concept is 2,585mm long, with the company claiming that the new car is designed to give class-leading cabin space.

 

Mazda's aim for the concept was for the Hazumi to look lie a “small but vigorous animal.” To do so, the concept has been styled using the Kodo design language which has already inspired Mazda's 3 and 6 family cars. The Hazumi concept gains a large trapezoidal grille which dominates the vehicle's nose, the side gets muscular creases and a shoulder line that climbs steeply towards the rear. In an effort to make the vehicle look more sporty, flared wheelarches and 18 inch alloy rims have been added.

 

Inside, the Hazumi concept features the firm's new MZD Connect Infotainment system, which aims to improve connectivity and smart-phone integration. The dashboard has been stripped of all but the essentials; a trio of HVAC knobs, the infotainment screen and an adaptation of the McLaren 12C-like gauge pod found in the Mazda 3.

 

The Mazda Hazumi concept is a preview of the new 2015 Mazda 2. The new Mazda 2 will be produced in Mexico and the company will be sharing it's platform with Toyota, who will be building the next generation Yaris there.

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