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.

Mazda Hakaze Concept

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.

Mazda Hakaze Concept

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.

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Dimensions

 

Overall length

4420 mm

Overall width

1890 mm

Overall height

1560 mm

Wheelbase

2650 mm

Seating capacity

4

Boot volume

400-litres

Engine

Type

MZR 2.3 DISI turbo petrol

Transmission

Type

Six-speed electronically controlled sport automatic gearbox.

Mazda’s Active Torque Split All-wheel-drive System

Tyres & Wheels

Type

Dunlop 255/50 R 20

20’’ x 9 J

The 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show starts on February 29.