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Mazda Minagi Concept In Details

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As the new Minagi Concept car goes on display at the Geneva Motor Show, Mazda released more details on this crossover vehicle that is the the replacement for the CX5.

The car uses a full range of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies –from powertrains to chassis and body and its design is based on the new KODO language Mazda has adopted for future models. Apart from a few small details, the Minagi looks virtually production ready.

In Japanese, its name conjures up the image of an object pulsating with energy and perfectly reflects the vehicle’s speed, agility and spirited character.

the Minagi is one of Mazda’s highlights at the Geneva Motor Show. The others include SHINARI Concept, SKYACTIV Technologies and MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2011.

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Exterior design

  • The vehicle’s crouched stance expresses the image of a cheetah as it stands with its weight poised on its hind legs, ready to lunge at its prey
  • The cargo bay of conventional SUVs often resembles a vehicle wearing a backpack, whereas Minagi presents an image of a muscular entity that cleanly incorporates spaciousness within well-toned lines
  • Placing the A-pillar rearward emphasizes the rearward orientation of the cabin. This stands in sharp contrast to the single-arc silhouette of frontward A-pillar placement on minivans, and emphasizes the driving position – a priority for the design of the Mazda Minagi concept
  • The cabin’s position relative to the lower body is further back than on conventional SUVs. This emphasizes the motion expressed in Minagi’s form

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Front view

  • The chromed ‘signature wing’ on the front fascia, shared with Shinari, makes Minagi immediately recognizable as a Mazda and creates a strong impression
  • Angling the front grille slightly downwards, while juxtaposing the headlamp housings design to slant upward, creates intensity
  • Adding more dynamic contours to the prominent front fenders – highly characteristic of Mazda cars – expresses KODO design language’s forceful sense of accumulating, then instantly releasing pent-up energy. These elements combine with the dynamic form of the rear fenders further emphasizing the wheels, which form the legs of this predator

Side view

  • Sculpted lines along the sides of Mazda Minagi’s body accentuate a sense of power which suggest the supple strength of a cheetah. These contours extend and connect with the rear fender in an expression which suggests the powerful musculature that joins the cheetah’s shoulders and hips to its legs
  • The overall effect is a graceful and beautiful form which directs the eye from front-to-rear
  • The character line that flows along the lower part of Minagi’s side panels symbolizes KODO’s sense of power being accumulated, then quickly released

Rear view

  • The rear fenders project boldly outward to create a wide, stable stance befitting an SUV
  • The contrast between the rear fenders and the taut lines of the car’s rear end mimics the strong and seductive hip line of a toned athlete

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Headlamp design

  • As with Shinari, the chromed ‘signature wing’ that sweeps up from the bottom of the front grille disappears into the center of the headlamp housings dramatically
  • The design of the three-dimensional headlamp and rear combination lamps add a heightened sense of depth
  • The line of the ‘signature wing’ element and the headlamp design combine to express the intense look of a wild animal’s gaze

Interior design

  • Mazda’s designers set out to realize a driver-focused cockpit and cabin environment that expresses a reassuringly high level of strength and solidity. The interior employs quality materials along with the superior fit and finish of detailed hand craftsmanship
  • The above features add to the anticipation of the driving pleasure to come by creating a refined and quality cabin environment
  • The main black interior colour is highlighted by the colour red in the rear seatbacks and at the bottom of the door armrests

Characteristics unique to a compact crossover SUV

  • Four upright satin chrome struts appear to support the instrument panel, each rising upward in an image of vertical strength which appears to defy gravity, underscoring the impression that Minagi’s occupants are securely protected
  • The design of the instrument cluster and surrounding switches emphasizes the snug, sporty nature of the driver-focused cockpit while expressing Mazda’s sporty ethos

Craftsmanship

  • Leather seats and door trim have been fashioned using the finest leather available
  • Skilled craftsmen have carefully sewn the striking raised pleats, a touch that expresses the interior’s high level of quality
  • The ‘black smoked’ coating on the dark tinted horizontal metal panel – positioned along the center of the instrument panel – shows the high quality of the interior components
  • Solid metal components, including the door handles, are milled from solid aluminium and carefully polished to provide a smooth, quality-enhancing surface. The door levers are designed to resemble the beauty and functionality of high-end racing bicycle components, and provide a level of quality that ensures they are a pleasure to use
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