Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mazda2, Hazumi Shown In Geneva
Mazda is taking on the ever growing compact hatch segment with a striking new Mazda2. Dubbed the ‘Hazumi’, this new hatchback indicates what the next Mazda2 compact hot hatch will look like. It will still be a small car, which is important for the ASEAN region and also the Japanese domestic market. All signs point toward a crossover version built on the same platform coming out this July under the CX-3 moniker.
Details about the actual engines on offer are as slim however there is a possibility a new 1.5-liter petrol engine producing 100bhp and 160 Nm of torque with all new Skactiv technology will be used. This Japanese automaker has been adamant downsizing is not the answer to better fuel economy and continues to refine atmospheric petrol engines using its Skyactiv technology.
“The name HAZUMI, which means “bound” or “spring up” in Japanese, is particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy. Built with no compromises to Mazda’s engineering principles, the HAZUMI expresses the ideal form for the company’s next-generation subcompact,” Mazda says in its press statement.
The outgoing model is one of the greatest cars in its class to drive, but Mazda has always said its design is more feminine than any of its other cars. While it’s still cute and small, the Hazumi makes a clear departure from this idea, with very large alloy wheels and a set of duel exhaust pipes.