Mazda unveiled the 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept model at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, a subcompact hatchback model that is very attractive and modern. It will inspire future Mazda2 models.
Design of 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept
The concept presented in Detroit is quite different from the previous Mazda Demio models, also known as the Mazda2. It shows the new design language of Japanese company, called Kodo, which is more sporty and modern, and shows how the future Mazda2 models might look like.
The front grille is much larger than that of previous models, and is closer to the ground. There are small bevelled air intakes on the front bumper. The grille is surrounded by an aluminum wing on the underside, which is connected to the headlights. What I find very attractive are exactly those headlights. With that LED ring around them (see the photo above), they kinda reminds me of, it might sound funny, eyes of the Transformers.
I expect this concept to transform in a giant robot and jump on me out of the picture, lol. The name itself, Hazumi (弾み), means bound or spring up, so it is no wonder that this car is bursting with energy. The car also has a slightly longer hood than its predecessors, therefore the cabin was moved more towards back. Also, I must say that the side mirrors are somehow unusual.
On the back, the taillights also have that tough look. They are also surrounded by the round LED lights. On the bottom, there are also two bevelled air outlets, similar to those intakes on the front. The dual exhaust tips are sticking out under the diffuser. There is a small spoiler wing mounted on the tailgate. Lastly, as you can see in the photos, the vehicle rides on the five-spoke wheels that resemble the petals of a flower.
The interior of the 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept is simple but stylish, a bit futuristic. The cabin is dominated by dark colors with white leather dashboard and door inserts. It has only four sporty seats, two in the front and two in the back, colored in crimson paint to match the exterior. Air vents and controls are made of some kind of metal.
Behind the steering wheel, the instrument cluster has only one, center-mounted gauge with digital speedometer in the middle, with two smaller information displays on each side. There is also a small display that shows the current speed, positioned above the steering wheel, to keep the driver’s attention to the road. Mazda calls it the Active Driving Display.
Of course, the Japanese automaker promises that the production model will have its Connect information and entertainment system. All multimedia will be displayed on the screen of an unusual shape, positioned in the center part of the dashboard. Owners will be able to connect their smartphone.
Engine and Performance
The 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept is powered by the brand-new 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine that also made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The automaker didn’t provided specs of this inline-3 engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, given that it is similar to the 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D engine, which can develop 148 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, I assume that performance of the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 engine are similar. If nothing else, we know that it will have a high torque.
Also worth mentioning is that this engine features emission-reducing technology and i-ELOOP braking energy regeneration system, allowing the car to emit only 90 g/km of CO2.
The 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept won’t be released as a production model. However, the future Mazda2 model will be based on this concept. It is set to be released in late 2014, but I think it’s more realistic period somewhere around the beginning of 2015.
In this photo gallery, you can see some pictures of the new 2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept model that will serve as inspiration for the new Mazda2.