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A sketch of the Mazda Hazumi concept that previews the next-generation Mazda 2 has leaked days out from its official Geneva motor show unveiling.

The design sketch, first seen on German blog autofilou, shows the Hazumi concept from a front quarter angle, uncovering its sharply styled face, wedge-shaped profile and compact overall proportions, expanding on last Friday’s official teaser shot.

The Hazumi concept is set to provide an accurate impression of the design of the third-generation Mazda 2 city car before the final production model is revealed later this year and reaches Australian showrooms in the first half of 2015.

It embraces the Japanese manufacturer’s ‘Kodo’ design language, already seen on the Mazda CX-5, Mazda 6 and Mazda 3.

The five-point V-shaped grille dominates the front end, integrating into the angled headlights and sitting low at the base of the bonnet, which looks long in in relation to the concept’s overall size.

The steeply rising window line and door panel contours create a sense of motion along the hatchback’s profile, while massive alloy wheels that won’t progress beyond concept phase fill gently flared wheel arches.

High-mounted tail-lights and a spoiler at the top of the tailgate are also visible on the concept’s muscular rear end.

The Hazumi concept takes its name comes from the Japanese word meaning to “bound or spring up”. Mazda says it conveys “the image of an untamed animal leaping”, which it describes as fitting for a small car designed to look as if it is “bursting with energy”.

Stay tuned for more details on the Mazda Hazumi concept in the lead up to its unveiling in Geneva on March 4.




  • AUSDAVIDZ

    Does not look too bad, its only a grocery getter after all
    “Mazda, you should see us now”

    • Doctor

      Your icon, is it a picture of the 20th century’s greatest woman?

      • AUSDAVIDZ

        +1

        Indeed, it’s the Iron Lady!!!

        She sends her regards to you :-)

        • Doctor

          Relieved to hear that you give the gong to Angela and not Tanya Pullensuck or Sarah Two Dads.

      • AUSDAVIDZ

        +1

        Indeed, it’s the Iron Lady!!!

        She sends her regards to you :-)

      • Martin

        indeed, she was very grating for many.

    • Doctor

      Your icon, is it a picture of the 20th century’s greatest woman?

  • Jon

    Looka pretty good and sporty, lets hope the handling, performance and interior / equipment levels are just as good.

    It needs to be well equipped as the base model Swift and Fiesta are very well equipped for what they are!

  • Backyard Enterprise

    Must be really heavy as the car appears to have sunk into the ground…..
    But seriously it looks very funky, has to be looking at the designs Renualt, Citroen and even Kia are putting out.

    • Buzz

      Laurens Van Den Acker who was previously the designer for Mazda, now works for Renault. Which means Renault is copying Mazda, not the other way around :)

  • Pauly

    I wonder if they will introduce an MPS model of the Mazda 2?

    Maybe put the 2.0L or 2.5L Mazda 3 engines into it?

    • matt

      yes a mazda 2 sp20 would be pretty cool if weight is under 1100kg. Can’t call it an mps though, that would require 224kw and AWD :P

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Can’t see flat-bottomed tyres catching on. Rest of the car looks pretty cool

  • Roadtard

    Should look good. Until you fix a number plate to its snout…

  • Buzz

    Why can’t they call the car the ‘Hazumi’ in production? Surely a more evocative and exciting name than ’2′! Looks good. Shame that in this day and age we still need registration plates which will quickly make the front end look like it has buck teeth.

    • F1orce

      In USA they don’t require front plates.

  • F1orce

    I actually like this Hazumi design scheme better than the current ‘Kodo’ design.

    • c3vzn

      Everything about this design is Kodo.

  • Sarah

    It’s decent looking I will admit that, as a woman who drives a 2010 Mazda 2 the practical-ness of the car is decent. After seeing other pics on different websites of the sketch the things I would change would be the interior seat material, cupholders (always a minimum of 4 in the front) and the exhaust in the middle (are they trying to become Renault?) but that’s just my opinion. Otherwise a very nice car to look at