The Mazda HAZUMI will jump into the spotlight in a few weeks time, with the concept car scheduled to debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March as a preview of the next-gen Mazda Mazda2. The name of the show car means “to bound or spring up,” according to Mazda, and was selected by the company to “convey the image of an untamed animal leaping.”
Be that as it may, the only actual image of the HAZUMI that Mazda has released so far is an extreme close-up that an angry, possibly LED-enhanced headlight, some rather aggressive sculpting and a typically concept-style wheel design. And while that may not be enough to help the next Mazda Mazda2 become a credible contender in the U.S. subcompact segment, deploying the brand’s SKYACTIV powertrain and chassis technologies to the car certainly should—especially if engine choices include the latest SKYACTIV unit that also will premiere in Geneva.
It’s a tiny 1.5-liter clean-diesel powerplant, which, to be clear, will be presented as part of a separate technology display and hasn’t been mentioned as part of the plans for a new U.S. Mazda Mazda2. But given the increased interest in diesel power in this country, and the likelihood that that engine would return some pretty high fuel-economy marks in a car as small as the Mazda2, there could very well be a valid business case for that configuration.
Mazda’s exhibit also will include a display dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, so the debut of a special model honoring that iconic roadster isn’t out of the question. Either way, Mazda maniacs should remember that the brand already has launched an anniversary website for the car at http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th/ and even released a short Miata movie that can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=Ip_iK4mfSF4.
As for the current crop of cars mentioned here, the 2014 Mazda Mazda2 is on sale now with pricing that starts at $14,720, nimble zoom-zoom reflexes and an EPA line of up to 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway/32 mpg combined; the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is at dealerships, too, with an MSRP of $23,720 and the title of best-selling two-seater roadster in the world.