The new-generation Mazda 2 will be offered both as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, but no three-door will be developed.
Mazda general manager of design Maeda Ikuo told CarAdvice that the Hazumi concept revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show is “very close” to how the production Mazda 2 will look, and added that a sedan variant is also set to be offered.
“We have [a] sedan,” Maeda-san said, but he admitted the styling of the four-door model was a challenge.
“It is [difficult], even the present model. It’s so hard to get nice proportions.”
Maeda-san ruled out a three-door hatchback, however.
“We have a couple of options, but I do not think at this moment [for a three-door],” he said.
The current-generation Mazda 2 has been offered in all three of the aforementioned body styles over its lifespan in Australia, though it is currently sold only as a five-door hatch.
Mazda Australia public relations manager Steve Maciver said the sedan may make a return.
“It’s under consideration,” Maciver said. “We’ve got nothing to confirm at this point, but we’re looking at it.”
Maeda-san claimed the differences between the Mazda Hazumi and the new Mazda 2 production car, which is yet to be revealed, are “not easy to realise”.
He said the proportions of the car won’t change, meaning the new 2 will be longer, wider and not as tall as the car it replaces, and will also see a stretched wheelbase for better space and ride comfort.
Maeda-san said that applying the brand’s Kodo design language to the new Mazda 2 was a challenge.
“It is, because the size of it is so tight. And if you compare Mazda 3 against this Hazumi, all the basic component structure is very close to each other, but the proportion is so different because Mazda 3 tends to be [formed] in a longer movement. But this one is very tight and you know, a short movement.
“So in terms of a solution in the form language, [they] are very close to each other, but different,” he said.
He said the new model is decidedly more masculine than the car it replaces.
“The present Mazda 2 still very striking, that’s what I hope. At that moment I tried to get the female in high priority. And then I really focus to have a friendly face, very calm,” he said.
“But this Hazumi is like a boy. So simply saying, they’re girl and boy. That’s the difference.”