Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Mazda Hazumi concept.
The design language of the Hazumi fits in-line with the automotive manufacturers current line up. That means that from the front, a wide open grill, narrow headlights, swooping pillars and sharp bumpers draw attention. One thing that does look a little out of place are the LED daytime running lights / fog lights, which are positioned at an angle. These are striking, if a little pointless.
From the back, it’s hard not to see design inspiration from the Astra GTC. It has the same fat back-end and narrow rear lights, but other than that, this is a unique looking car. The twin centred rear exhausts give the Hazumi hot hatch looks and we’re told that if this were a production car, that’s one feature even the lowest specification models would have. Nice.
Mazda has been quick to show off its SkyActiv technology, too. SkyActiv is a fancy marketing term for Mazda’s latest light-weight chassis, engines, and gear boxes. The Hazumi makes use of all-new components that have been engineered for efficiency. Front-wheel-drive, the Hazumi is powered by a new 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda says that the engine is good more than 70 miles per gallon and a CO2 output of less than 100 g/km. The car is also engineered to take a smaller 1.3-litre diesel and 1.3-litre petrol engine.
The car is also fitted with i-stop (start / stop technology) and i-ELOOP (energy braking recovery).
The best thing about the Hazumi is the interior though. It’s awash with funky design hues and quality materials. The steering wheel is shaped to be as ergonomically pleasing as possible and the centre console stretches down to provide a comfortable looking armrest / storage unit. The dials are all digital.
So what does the future hold for the Mazda Hazumi?
The Mazda Hazumi will likely be transformed into the Mazda 2 super mini in the future. That’s not according to me – Mazda themselves admit that they are having ideas for a next-generation B-car, and the Hazumi fits the bill nicely.
Of course, not all style elements would transfer through.
For a start, the interior of the Hazumi is a little too daring for a production car. Also, the wing mirrors don’t look in any way practical, given they’re tiny. But, replace those wing mirrors and fit in a more laid back interior, and you essentially have a next-generation B-car.
Bristol Street Motors believes that the Hazumi will lay the foundations for the next 2. It’s got all the right elements. It’s exceptionally well designed and the market is crying out for a stylish and reliable B-car. This could be it.