Mazda Hazumi Concept Debuts In Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If the Hazumi concept launched here at the 84th Salon International de l'Auto Geneve is any indication – and we hear that it is -- the second-generation Mazda 2 subcompact will be longer, lower, and wider than the current model. The burgundy-colored concept, with its junior Mazda 3 styling, represents a much more serious, mature car than the one it replaces.

The new Mazda 2 adapts the brand's Kodo design language, resulting in a compact body "without losing an ounce of impact."

"Whereas with longer models such as the Shinari [the concept that previewed the 6] we use long and free lines of motion stretching from front to back to express Kodo, with Hazumi, we've created a form which suggests explosive motion," says chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa. "It's like an animal poised to pounce, every muscle is held tense as it gathers energy for the chase."

That's pretty dramatic stuff for a B-segment car. Mazda says the name Hazumi means to "bound" or "spring up," thus evoking that animal poised to pounce.

The Hazumi concept is being shown with a new Skyactiv-D diesel four, a 1.5-liter unit derived from the Mazda 6's 2.2-liter unit. The show car's turbodiesel is mated to an automatic transmission with six speeds -- two more cogs than the current Mazda2's optional transmission has. Mazda says the engine provides "ample torque and performance," although it hasn't yet revealed specific numbers. Release of the 2.2-liter diesel in the Mazda 6 has been delayed in the United States because the automaker is not satisfied with the engine's performance characteristics.

The 1.5-liter diesel is designed to achieve Euro 6 CO2 standards without aftertreatment. It includes a stop/start system and regenerative braking. Designers paid a lot of attention to the car's aerodynamics and have moved the car's center of gravity near the rear wheels.

The interior is upscale for the segment, featuring black leather with crimson nubuck leather inserts in the seats and white leather trim. The Hazumi also borrows the Mazda3's center-stack Active Driving Display, with a head-up display for the driver.

As for its larger dimensions, the Hazumi is 160.2 inches long on a 101.8 inch wheelbase. Compared with the current Mazda 2, it is 4.7 inches longer overall on a 3.8-inch-longer wheelbase. Width is up 1.4 inches, to 68.1 inches, and the car stands one inch lower, at 57.1 inches.

The first Mazda 2 launched in North America for the 2011 model year, when it was already well into its product cycle. The new Mazda 2 is expected to go on sale in the 2015 model year.

Our impressions live from the Geneva show floor

Gairy Smith
Very Tasty- little ride!
Christopher Leahy
Mazdas are the worst cars for America, they build everything outside America.
Samuel O Lee
Excellent, as is everything coming out of Mazda right now. P.S. Please bring the Mazda 6 Sport Wagon to North America. ZOOM-ZOOM!
Eric Korman
Love this new design from Mazda!
Giorgio Gannau
Se si esclude il musetto è uguale a tante altre, esteticamente parlando.
Velliangiri Karur
Ben Walczak
1.3 Liter SkyActive engine. Possible 330cc Rotary Hybrid drivetrain as well. Goal is 50 mpgs.
Kwok Carl
Not bad ü
Björn Brugger
Verry nice
Mark Morrison
"Greeeaaaate" now go kill the Honda fit I command you, and a bring a speed 2 too.
Warran Wesley
Looks nice, but what kind of engine will it have? This new car needs to have an inline-4 that puts out at least 155 hp.
Rick Mente
Better than the current Mazda 2.
Angus MacKenzie
Make a speed version and I'll write a cheque right now. .. I'm not even kidding. .. only wish was a 2 door.
Gary Morris
Nice hope it got at 140 HP or don't send to Canada.
Rob Vance
It will look good parked next to my Soul Red 2014 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring
Alex Merrall
Looks nice, look smostly real too witht he exception of the mirrors which are pure concept. Current generation 2 is a good little drive considering it's target audience. When can we expect to see this in the showrooms?
James Hall
Build it just like that with turbo
Dennis San Vicente
Best-looking sub compact and most likely a blast to drive. Let aftermarket give it more oomph, zoom-zoom!
Gillian Machidi
previous one was nice but boring/blant. we want
Gary Craig
Some people like ugly.
Christopher Marshall Ernst
I love it! Looks wonderful. Finally the Fiesta will have a serious competitor, in the looks department as well as driver engagement.
David Pettit
Pretty, but it looks like it could be a claustrophobic experience.
Stephen Abbott
Lee Klein
Veeru Badhsha
design is nice
Pankaj Yadav
Titann Ghosh
looks like whale NYC;-)
Pankaj Yadav
Looking nice outside. Model is like maruti 800
Bald Guy
Craig Stishenko
Saw a fish washed ashore yesterday that looked alot like that.
Richard Macintyre
it looks more substantial than the present model, I'd assume it stands a good chance of boosting sales
Gabriel Marticorena
Next Mazda 2
Justin Emerson
Make it happen Mazda, that thing is sharp looking
@automobilemag @MazdaUSA #Hazumi is a handsome lil tike! Great for @mazdaukpr against Polo, Corsa & Fiesta

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