Mazda has been on a renaissance as of late, with the redesigned 3, 6 and CX-5 earning numerous accolades from across the industry. The next-generation MX-5 Miata is already in development, making the Mazda 2 the next candidate for a redesign.
The Mazda Hazumi concept, unveiled at the 2014 Geneva auto show earlier this week, previews the next-generation (and likely more subdued) 2015 Mazda 2.
While the Mazda 2 is a fun-to-drive B-segment, its lack of interior amenities puts it far behind its competitors.
The KODO design language that adorns the 3, 6 and CX-5 translates well to the Hazumi’s smaller proportions.
The thinly slit headlights complement Hazumi’s corporate grille while the bulbous rear end doesn’t distract from the aggressive styling. The slick looking center-exit exhaust and oversized wheels likely won’t make it to production though.
On the inside, the Hazumi continues Mazda’s recent ability to design interiors that look and feel thousands of dollars above their price point. While the Mazda 2 is supposed to be a cheap B-segment entrant, the technologies shown on the Hazumi concept say otherwise.
The instrument cluster is reminiscent of the one found in the new Mazda 3, including the heads-up display. The two-tone leather interior is a far stretch, especially for the segment. Other interior features include a slick center console that looks too futuristic for Mazda to even consider.
A feature that definitely won’t make production is the four seats. Five seats are necessary in the segment.
Under the hood of the Hazumi concept sits a 1.5-liter inline-4 Skyactiv-D, a new diesel engine that joins Mazda’s turbocharged 2.2-liter already in production. The only transmission in the Hazumi is a six-speed automatic. There is no word on a manual.
The Hazumi concept looks to reinvent the Mazda 2 as the class leading B-segment option. Whether the 2015 Mazda 2 will look as striking and stylish as the concept remains to be seen.
With the Hazumi concept, Mazda is looking to add styling and features to an already spritely and fun-to-drive vehicle.