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This is Mazda’s Hazumi concept, a
potential Fiesta-rivalling supermini that, we’re told, showcases the
company’s ‘Kodo’ design language and range of efficiency technologies.

But before you condemn the
Halloumi as nothing more than a design study that’s future will extend
to nothing more than a Wikipedia page – don’t. This
is what the Japanese company with replace the Fiesta-rivaling 2 with very shortly.

Things like those pretty door
handles, wing mirrors and fancy interior won’t make it onto the streets
early next year. But that sporty, slashy and good-looking body will.
Count us interested.

The Hazumi is longer, wider and
lower than the current 2: this production version won’t be based on
Ford’s Fiesta platform like the current model.

As you’d expect, it’s
front-wheel drive, while the concept uses a new 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D
diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, to achieve
under 90g/km CO2. But when it goes on sale, expect small,
naturally-aspirated petrol engines to be available too.

“We wanted something that was a bit more sporty and edgy,” Mazda’s
Chief of Design for European operations, Peter Birtwhistle, told us. “A
car that would take Kodo to the younger market.”

For such a small car, the Hazumi really carries
some presence on the show stand. OK, maybe it’s not quite so
striking as the toasted Furai, but Birtwhistle reckons it’s
channelling some of that racecar’s nasty edge. And, um,
 owls.

“We tried to get some prime evil
into the front and rear lights,” Mazda’s designer told us. “The rear
lights have a graphic of an owl, and we looked at birds of prey and
wildcats – something predatory – for inspiration,
 in order to toughen it up and look more purposeful.”

Unfortunately that jazzy
interior will be less closely reflected when the car reaches production:
don’t expect to see the head-up display and posh seats. But
driver-focused dials and Mazda’s ‘MZD Connect’ system - as
seen on the 2’s big brother, the 3 – should be carried over.

Mazda says we should think of
the Hazumi like the Takeri and Minagi: concepts that
reached the streets with minimal change as the new 6 and CX-5
 respectively.

Reckon the production 2 could look as good as its concept?

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