The new Mazda MINAGI compact crossover SUV concept made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle will feature its all-new SKYACTIV technologies and a new design theme, KODO – Soul of Motion. Mazda said that the MINAGI concept is the forerunner to the launch of Mazda’s upcoming next-generation products.
This concept also symbolizes the “evolution of the Mazda brand for a new era.” The MINAGI is powered by a SKYACTIV engine and mated to a SKYACTIV transmission fitted to a SKYACTIV body and chassis.
Mazda said that the combination results in a package that’s light but highly safe. Mazda said further that the MINAGI’s new SKYACTIV technologies were developed to promote “harmony between driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.”
The MINAGI’s KODO design is also believed to evoke a powerful and emotive sense of pent-up energy and vitality, which make the vehicle a standout in the city. The MINAGI’s exterior has been fitted with the chromed ‘signature wing’ on the front fascia, a front grille that is slightly angled downwards, while nearby headlamp housings are designed with an upward slant.
A wide, SUV-style stance is created by the rear fenders that project outward. Mazda also said that a sense of depth is heightened because of the design of the three-dimensional headlamp and rear combination lamps.
The new Mazda Minagi Concept crossover features an emotional design that conveys its superb performance and practicality. For instance, its hunkered stance resembles that of a cheetah standing with its weight perching on its hind legs, seemingly all ready to go into action.
Its A-pillar has been placed rearward to underscore the cabin’s rearward orientation – a departure from the typical placement of frontward A-pillars on minivans that result to a single-arc silhouette. The rearward placement of the A-pillar further highlights the driving position, which is a primary focus of the Mazda Minagi concept.
Moreover, the cabin's position in relation to the lower body is moved farther back compared to that of conventional SUVs, a configuration that further emphasizes its expressed motion. The new Mazda Minagi Concept also features a cargo bay that departs from the usual styling of conventional SUVS that makes them appear to be wearing a backpack.
As for the Minagi, it offers styling that suggests a muscular entity that cleanly integrates spaciousness within its well-toned lines. On the other hand, the front end of the Mazda Minagi Concept features the chromed 'signature wing' on the front fascia that is also featured on the Shinari, as well as a front grille that angles slightly downwards with a contrasting headlamp housings design that slants upward.
Its front fenders don more dynamic contours typical of Mazda cars – thereby conveying KODO design language's philosophy of accumulating and releasing pent-up energy. These front end elements are complemented by the dynamic form of the Minagi’s rear fenders that underscore the wheels.
The rear section of the Mazda Minagi Concept features rear fenders that boldly go outward to add to a wider yet more stable stance typical of an SUV. These fenders are contrasted by the stiff and taut lines of the Mazda Minagi Concept.
On the sides, the concept features sculpted lines and contours that underscore its sense of power. These contours extend and connect with the rear fender. The new Mazda Minagi also features a character line running along the lower part of its side panels -- symbolizing KODO's sense of power being accumulated and then released.