Mazda Can Haz Sexy Subcompact? Hot Hazumi Concept Teased, Previews Next-Gen 2 [2014 Geneva Auto Show]

Mazda Hazumi concept

Look at Mazda’s current lineup, and three cars immediately stand out as being slightly less than brand new: the CX-9 crossover, the soon-to-be-replaced MX-5 Miata roadster, and the plucky little 2 hatchback. Now Mazda has announced it’s bringing the zesty-looking Hazumi concept teased above to the 2014 Geneva auto show, and it sure isn’t a crossover or a two-seat roadster. We know this explicitly because Mazda states the show car “expresses the ideal form” of its next-generation subcompact car, a.k.a. the next Mazda 2.

The concept wears Mazda’s latest Kodo design language, which is clear because the image says “Kodo” in the lower right-hand corner. It adopts many of the front and side styling cues of the 10Best-winning Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, as well as the excellent CX-5 crossover. Those are all good-looking cars, so we have to expect that the next 2 will be pretty handsome, as well.

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Enticingly, the Haruki will be joined on Mazda’s Geneva show stand by a new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine. (Skyactiv is Mazda’s buzzword for lightweight, fuel-efficient technologies.) No connection has been made between the engine and the Haruki or the next 2, but Mazda is eventually bringing its larger 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel four to the U.S. in the Mazda 6, so we’ll hold out hope for the tiny oil-burner coming here in the 2. (Wouldn’t a super-high-mileage, fun-to-drive subcompact be pretty sweet?)

We’ll bring you more on the Hazumi when it fully debuts in Geneva. The production version of the next-gen 2 will be built in Mexico alongside Toyota’s Yaris, and it could even spawn a tiny crossover.

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