(www.autoinsidernews.com) вЂ" Following the debuts of the Nagare and Ryuga concepts at the Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows, Mazda will unveil the Hakaze Concept, the brand's third concept in its Nagare' design language. The name Hakaze (pronounced hah-kah-zay) comes from the Japanese words ha for leaf and kaze meaning wind, a design inspired by a falling leaf to looks like it is effortlessly cutting through the air while standing still.
Designed at Mazda's European Design Centre, which also designed the the Mazda Sassou, the Hakaze Concept is a compact crossover coupe with design cues pulled from three vehicle classes вЂ" a roadster, compact hatchback and SUV. The Hakaze Concept features the same flow themes seen on the previous concepts. While the C-segment vehicle is a crossover, Mazda states that it will have the tight handling dynamics of a roadster.
The Hakaze is powered by either a turbocharged 2.3L DISI inline-four or a direct injection diesel motor mated to a six-speed sport transmission, which then sends power to all four wheels, reports Trend.
While purely a concept, the Hakaze Concept is a peak at a possible future compact crossover.