So after a number of teasers and leaks, the Mazda Hazumi Concept was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, giving us a preview of what the next Mazda2 will look like. Hazumi’s strong similarities to the Mazda6 and Mazda3 aside, it has a fine design. It may be a bit too funky and groovy, but it’s a super mini, so that’s OK.
Mazda Hazumi comes with a lot of uppercase letters. It features the latest iteration of the KODO design language; it has a new 1.6 liter SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine; it boasts i-ACTIVSENSE safety features; and it comes with MZD connectivity system.
Mazda Hazumi is pretty much production ready, except for a few details such as the Active Driving Display and commander control. These are based on Mazda’s unique human machine interface (HMI) concept called the Heads-Up Cockpit, and sound a bit too fancy for a cheap and cheerful city car like the Mazda2.
The new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter suits the character of the car very well though. Performance specs are yet to be revealed, but with a CO2 rating of 90 g/km, it is already EU6 compliant. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and features i-stop (idle-stop system) and i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system).
As for the name, it was chosen to reflect the car’s youth, dynamism, and ambition; the characteristics Mazda says all B-segment buyers share. HAZUMI is a Japanese word meaning to ‘bound’ or ‘spring up’ and conveys an image of a small but vigorous animal, bursting with energy.