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Spied: Mazda2 Prototype Shows Us a Little Hazumi

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/16/2014 Erick Ayapana

Mazda is wasting no time testing the next-generation Mazda2. Just a month after previewing the next-generation subcompact as the Hazumi concept at the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker has now commenced testing of the Mazda2, as proven by this prototype caught roaming around Germany.

We’re eager for the next Mazda2. The current model is relatively fun to drive, though it looks somewhat frumpy and bland compared to the sharper (related) Ford Fiesta and the all-new 2015 Honda Fit. The Hazumi concept is a good indication that the next Mazda2 will showcase the automaker’s Kodo design language which has translated well on models like the Mazda6 and Mazda3. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Based on the photos, the Hazumi’s heavily-raked hatch glass and sharp, wedge-shaped taillights will carry over to the production version. As expected, the concept’s center-mounted exhaust outlets give way to a traditional single exhaust-tip on the side. The hatch’s belt line appears to rise dramatically at the rear door, but the Hazumi concept’s heavily-stylized rear-quarter window appears to have been toned down a bit. Up front, the Mazda2 prototype shows hints of the automaker’s familiar wing-shaped lower grille frame and a close look at the upper windshield reveals either a camera or sensor for advanced safety tech.

The dashboard is covered up, though a close look reveals a high-mounted infotainment screen, similar to the one used in the Mazda3. Powertrain details are still forthcoming. The Hazumi concept featured a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D turbodiesel I-4 that will most definitely be offered in Europe and Asia. The North American version will likely get Mazda’s 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G engine that should match, if not exceed the current 1.5-liter’s output (100 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque), while achieving better fuel economy.

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