Mazda’s Hakaze Concept car - first shown at last year's Geneva Motor Show - is scheduled for its first Australian appearance at this month's 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show.
The third car in the Nagare concept range, the Hakaze was designed by Mazda's European Design Centre near Frankfurt, Germany. According to Mazda the concept is a compact-crossover-coupe with roadster feel.
The Hakaze concept points to a future of innovation at the Japanese brand and if you're wondering how it has a roadster feel, it's because part of its roof is removable. Mazda says it drives like a compact hatchback while offering interior functionality of a compact SUV.
The concept has been built to house either a Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) petrol engine or a diesel engine. The MZR 2.3-litre DISI petrol engine (which is the one fitted to the concept) is similar to the one found in the MPS3/6 and is coupled to Mazda’s active torque-split-all-wheel drive system with a six-speed sport automatic transmission.
MZR 2.3 DISI turbo petrol
Six-speed electronically controlled sport automatic gearbox.
Mazda’s Active Torque Split All-wheel-drive System
Tyres & Wheels
Dunlop 255/50 R 20
20’’ x 9 J
The 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show starts on February 29.