Mazda Shinari

REAR 3/4 VIEW

1. This sharp point on the side trim is dynamic, but carrying it so far back requires the silliest, tiniest, and most useless rear quarter window ever.

2. Yet another crease line, this one tangent to the taillight tip, comes off the deck-lid spoiler and fades into the rear fender.

3. Sill line sweeping upward is emphasized by a very elegant, thin chrome strip that stops partway along the rear door.

4. All three door cuts are artfully placed to define the body-side section.

5. Exhaust outlets are nicely shaped and well integrated into the overly complex rear surfaces.

6. The lower part of the rear looks a bit like a drip tray, although we can be reasonably certain that there won't be any leaks. The surface below the license plate recapitulates the front end, without the central point.

INTERIOR VIEWS

1. Navigation panel floats off the side of the instrument cluster, accessible to both front-seat occupants.

2. The central console translates into the instrument- cluster shroud. Sculpture and textures are all first-rate in design and execution.

3. For elegance, the front-seat passenger gets the best treatment, with flowing shapes, ample room in front, and trim pieces that caress his or her fingers. 4. Steering wheel is good to touch but looks distressingly pudgy and seems more intended for an economy car's interior than one as luxurious as this one in all other respects. A curiosity.

5. Who is ever going to look out of (or into) this ridiculous little window?

6. Glass roof feels safer when you're sitting in the car and can see the nicely shaped structure.

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