The previous teaser of the Geneva Motor Show bound Mazda Hazumi is now a reality; it is the upcoming Mazda2 or B-segment forerunner, as speculated by plenty of car sites. The 2008 World Car of the Year Mazda2 finally gets its next generation embodiment in the form of the Hazumi. Like the CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3, the new Mazda2 or Hazumi carries the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ exterior characterization, albeit its more compact and slender curvature.

Taking is initial 5-door hatchback curvature, the Mazda Hazumi is said to take on the most highly concentrated KODO elements. Drawing the compact cabin as far to the rear as possible places the center of gravity near the rear wheels. It creates a wedge shaped body starting from the low and pronounced front end and rising toward the rear to impart a strong sense of forward motion. The sharp, chiseled silhouette is a clear departure from mainstream subcompact design where “one-motion form” styles prevail.

The short overhangs and powerful fenders that bulge over the imposingly large wheels (18-inch for this preliminary version) underline the car’s strong and athletic stance. For aerodynamics purposes, the Mazda Hazumi is tuned to deliver effective airflow over the upper body whilst disrupting turbulence beneath the subcompact.

Mazda Hazumi represents the next generation subcompact that incorporates the KODO – Soul of Motion

Mazda Hazumi inherits the dynamic sense of speed on the inside, much like the popular Mazda Concepts: Shinari, Minagi (Mazda CX-5) and Takeri (Mazda6). Mazda has instilled a high-quality feel for the compact’s cabin, as well as infused light and youthful impression befitting its subcompact variant. The cabin features black leather at the base and white leather on the instrument panel. Seat colors availability should be announced nearer to the subcompact’s full production schedule. Based on the first impression, a Crimson-colored material with a nubuck feel is used on the seats.

Similar to the Mazda3, the MZD Connect is offered in the Hazumi. The MZD Connect, combined with the Heads-Up Cockpit, allows the driver to access vital information or pair a smartphone on the go. In efforts to address a sense of speed, the Hazumi’s interior shapes is spread out from above the instrument cluster to the door trim and center console. The passenger space begins immediately with an instrument panel shaped like the wing of an airplane, creating a comfortable feeling of openness. The center console is suspended like a bridge, enhancing the feeling of space and creating more room in the foot wells.

The instrument cluster is designed around the driver’s center axis. It features a single, centrally-positioned gauge with displays spreading like wings on either side. The layout of the center display, Active Driving Display, and commander control, is based on Mazda’s unique human machine interface (HMI) concept called the Heads-Up cockpit.

The Mazda Hazumi marks the world premiere of the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 powerplant. This compact and lightweight clean diesel engine is designed for ultra-efficient internal combustion just like the larger SKYACTIV-D 2.2. It offers ample torque and a more linear performance right up to the redline, as well as exemplary CO2 emissions under 90 g/km. It will also fulfill stringent Euro 6 requirements without after market treatments like an NOx trap or selective catalytic reduction.

Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE, i-stop and i-ELOOP safety features are standard equipment for the Hazumi. The safety equipment package was previously introduced in the flagship sedan Mazda6.

2014 Mazda Hazumi@Geneva Motor show preliminary specifications

Length x width x height (mm): 4,070 x 1,730 x 1,450
Wheelbase (mm): 2,585
Engine: SKYACTIV-D 1.5
Transmission: SKYACTIV-Drive (six-speed automatic)
Key auxiliary systems: i-stop (idle-stop system); i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system)
Tyres/Wheels: 215/45 R18 / 18x8J