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by Tim Beissmann

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.




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