Mazda Hazumi concept © Newspress

Mazda Hazumi concept touches down at Geneva 2014

This is the Mazda Hazumi concept – a brand new prototype that previews the next-generation Mazda 2 supermini – and wow, just look at it.

Inspired by Mazda’s current design direction, this is a stunning looking supermini. But it’s talents run deep, too.

This is an energetic little car, even down to its name: Hazumi means “spring up” or “bound” in Japanese. It hints that Mazda wants this car to be agile and nippy, perfect for the urban environment.

There’s no official word on what engines will power the next-generation Mazda 2, but with the Mazda Hazumi concept being unveiled alongside a new 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine, it’s logical to assume small diesels and the Japanese firm’s 100hp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

In the larger Mazda 3 hatch, this unit delivers amazing performance, accelerating the car from 0-62mph in just 10.8 seconds, but delivering superb efficiency of 55.4mpg combined with 119g/km CO2.

In a smaller car like the Mazda Hazumi, we’ve got high hopes for the new engine range.

Mazda Hazumi concept © Newspress

Other Skyactiv technology should mean the eventual production version of the Mazda Hazumi will be superbly safe (expect a full five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating), with features such as stop-start helping improve that all-important efficiency.

Even next to the special celebratory Mazda MX5, marking 25 years of the famous sports car, the Mazda Hazumi received plenty of attention on the show floor.

Looking at the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, both cars strongly resemble the original concepts shown to preview the respective cars, so remove the big wheels and slim wing mirrors from the Geneva 2014 show car and we’re confident the next-gen Mazda 2 will strongly resemble the Hazumi.

The shape will no doubt lend itself brilliantly to a hot MPS version in the future, too – that we can’t wait to see.

For now, we’ll have to wait for the regular version to go on sale in 2015, but that’s still exciting enough – just look at the thing…

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