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UPDATE 5:10pm AEDT: The Hazumi concept has now been officially unveiled. New details added.
Mazda has now revealed its sharp new Hazumi hatch concept in Geneva, just hours after after it first appeared online earlier today.
Make no mistake, this is the new Mazda2 hatch. Like the Mazda6 before it, we can expect significant changes before production, but the theme is now set.
The Hazumi, or new Mazda2, takes the look even further, tucking the chrome blade-like grille extensions in behind the LED-heavy headlights.
The large new grille still dominates the nose, flanked by sharp fins at each corner of the bumper and a broad bonnet reaching back to the A-pillars.
Swooping character lines fill the profile, flowing around a set of large five-spoke sports wheels.
At the rear, there are slender Alfa-like tail lights - again loaded with LED ribbon strips - while a large hatch spoiler and a centre-mounted exhaust setup round out the exterior design.
Of course, we can expect Mazda to put the Hazumi through a gentle wash cycle - with a good serve of softener - before production, meaning many of these features will disappear.
Mazda says the Hazumi concept measures 4070mm long, 1730mm wide and 1450mm tall, riding on a 2585mm wheelbase.
That marks a significant increase over the current 2 five-door hatch, which measures just 3950mm long, 1695mm wide - but sits higher at 1475mm.
The outgoing model's wheelbase is significantly shorter also, at just 2492mm. The longer wheelbase will improve interior space, while improving on-road stability.
In the cabin, the Hazumi gets a more production-ready design. The dash is likely only a few small tweaks away from showroom standard, including the silver-ringed air vents and free-floating centre display.
The stylish gear-shifter will likely be switched for a more conventional stick however, and the seats and console-lid are likewise more futuristic than realistic.
The familiar steering wheel, along with the Mazda3-like instrument cluster and steering-mounted paddle shifters should all reach production.
Mazda's new Mazda Connect infotainment system is also featured with the Hazumi concept, working together with the heads-up display (behind the steering wheel) to provide easy access to key smartphone features.
It's unclear at this stage if the Mazda Connect system, which debuted with the new Mazda3, has been given any tweaks in Hazumi form.
And, of course, we can expect the four-seat layout to be switched to a regular five-seat configuration.
SkyActiv-D 1.5 Diesel Engine
For now, only one powertrain and transmission arrangement has been revealed for the Hazumi concept.
Power is provided by Mazda's new SkyActiv-D 1.5 litre diesel engine, mated to the company's six-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda promises a lightweight and compact design for the new engine, but it has yet to reveal the all-important power figures.
Fuel use however is expected to come in at around 3.3 l/100km, with CO2 emissions claimed to be below 90g/km.
Helping to keep the engine's fuel use down will be Mazda's i-Stop idle stop/start system, along with the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.
Watch for details of the Hazumi's leap to production to surface in the coming months.