Mazda Hazumi Concept Zoom-Zooms Our Sights on the Next-Gen Mazda2

By Jacob Brown | March 04, 2014
The Mazda2 is a hoot to drive, even with just 100 horsepower. But, unfortunately, it's a bit of a dud in the market. Let's think of the reasons why: It's a bit expensive for what you're getting, a bit basic inside, slow, cramped, and, perhaps most of all, its styling is about as appealing as hot chocolate during a summer day in Arizona.
We're not sure how many of those problems will be solved when the all-new 2015 Mazda2 reaches production. But if the Mazda Hazumi concept is any indication, we're betting all of them will be.
Readied for the Geneva Motor Show that's going on as we speak, the Mazda Hazumi--a word that means "bound" or "to spring up"--is an indication of the "ideal" B-segment hatchback from Mazda, according to the automaker. What that means once you get past the sneeze-worthy name is that it's an adaptation of Mazda's Kodo design language that was first introduced on the 2013 Mazda CX-5 and later to the 2014 Mazda3 and Mazda6. But it comes with some new technology as well.
First and foremost is the new SkyActive-D 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. While power is undisclosed, don't be surprised if it eventually makes its way to the U.S. It comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and Mazda's i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology that helps take some of the electricity load off the engine's alternator. Also featured in the Hazumi is the i-ActivSense safety suite and Mazda's new infotainment system that was first introduced in the 2014 Mazda3 and will likely be ported over to the rest of the range for 2015. Five inches longer than the 2014 Mazda2 at 160 inches from bumper to bumper--nearly identical to the 2015 Honda Fit--the Hazumi previews what will invariably be a larger, more comfortable Mazda2 in the next generation. So far, then, it appears that this preview of the 2015 Mazda2 will be larger, more sophisticated, and have all-new engines that ought to make it quicker. How about price? With the new car being produced in Mexico instead of Japan, that should come more in-line with what we'd expect from a subcompact car, too. Look for the production version to roll out later this year. Source: Mazda