Mazda Reveals Hazumi Concept at Geneva
We've been hearing rumors that Mazda was planning to build a subcompact crossover based off the Mazda2, and this week, the Japanese automaker announced that it will debut the Hazumi subcompact concept at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. Featuring the company's signature Kodo design, this car is likely to be the next-generation Mazda2 hatchback. The Hazumi concept offers elements of other vehicles in Mazda's lineup, including a front end that looks like the Mazda3. Added to the exterior elements of the subcompact concept, we can expect the interior to mimic the slightly larger Mazda3 as well. Hazumi means to "bound or spring up," and Mazda has deliberately chosen this name to express the form of the next-gen subcompact. We just hope that it has been significantly changed from the last generation of the Mazda2. The concept will feature the SkyActiv-D 1.5, a newly-developed clean diesel engine. When the model eventually launches in the U.S., we expect it to also offer small four-cylinder gasoline engines. With the launch of the Honda Vezel, Mazda has announced plans to build a supcompact crossover based off the new Mazda2. We expect the next-gen to be larger and more powerful than the current model, making it possible to build a crossover off the platform. Along with the debut of the Hazumi subcompact concept and the new SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine, Mazda will show a commemorative exhibit in celebration of 25 years since the launch of the MX-5 Miata. Source: Mazda, Automobile Magazine
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