Mazda's Hazumi Concept: The Next Mazda 2?

The Mazda 2 has been about for a while and though Mazda keeps sprucing it up with special editions, there's no hiding the fact with Fiesta underpinnings it's a throwback to Mazda's Ford-based days while the rest of the range evolves round it.

Step forward, Hazumi. This small, city car concept embodies everything Mazda has reportedly sunk $3 billion into. On the outside, the Hazumi follows the design cues of the KODO Soul of Motion scheme Mazda has been touting since 2010 while the new chassis sticks to the SkyActiv philosophies that have underpinned the company's newer offerings - CX-5, Mazda 6 and Mazda 3.

The concept is powered by a newly-developed 1.5 litre SkyActiv D diesel unit. Though details haven't been released, we'd project 105hp and 150lbfft and, if Mazda keep the weight down as successfully as they have done in other SkyActive models, should dispatch the 0-60mph sprint in just over 10s and push on to 110mph.

While not the finished article - the door mirrors and neat door handles alone are unlikely to survive to production - the Hazumi does at least give a good idea of what the next 2 ought to be like.

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