Yesterday we showed the leaked images of the new Mazda concept, but the Japanese manufacturer decided to release today the first images and details with its new Minagi SUV Concept.
According to Mazda, the new Minagi Concept showcases its all-new SKYACTIV technologies and a new design theme, KODO – Soul of Motion. As expected, the car previews firm’s upcoming next-generation products and symbolises the evolution of the Mazda brand for a new era.
The car is powered by a SKYACTIV engine and features a SKYACTIV transmission fitted to a SKYACTIV body and chassis. The new SKYACTIV technology promises to deliver outstanding environmental and safety performance.
“Minagi’s KODO design evokes a powerful and emotive sense of pent-up energy and vitality – helping the vehicle stand out in a sprawling urban cityscape.” stated the press release.
The new concept previews a new crossover which will be named CX-5, according to the latest rumors and will be offered in Europe as well as on the European market. Other sources, confirmed the fact that the new car will use a modified Mazda3 platform.
Pent-up energy is a good term to describe the stylish expression of the Mazda Minagi. In Japanese, the name brings to mind an image of an object that is just throbbing with energy. This echoes perfectly the agility, spirited character and speed of the vehicle.
In creating the Minagi, designers at Mazda took inspiration from cheetahs and how they search for prey. They found out that the cheetah generally put its head high with the powerful, supple, and long limbs managing to hold the lean upper body vertically to allow it to change direction fast even when running at high speeds.
The designers want to evoke that period when the cheetah starts to contract its muscles and prepare to dash and pounce on the prey. Since the cheetah can usually pounce in any direction, the crossover SUV is designed to be agile and to have the ability to weave through a sprawling urban landscape.
This compact crossover SUV is indeed urban-friendly and mixes an exhilarating performance with emotional design. The Minagi is the first-ever concept car to have the company’s SkyActiv technologies.
It is also the first to exhibit the 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design. The Minagi is therefore the example of the company’s next generation of products, which include a compact crossover SUV designed for urban travellers but combined with an emotional design, driving pleasure and amazing safety performance and environmental features.
It showcases the ability of immediately taking action and going in any direction. Overall, the KODO design elements and SkyActiv technologies used by the Minagi display pulsating energy and the agility to move freely. Viewed from the outside, the Minagi has a crouched stance that evokes images of a cheetah standing, balanced on its hind legs, and all ready to jump at the prey.
For most SUVs, the cargo bay often looks as if a vehicle is wearing its own backpack. For the Minagi, it is different as it conveys the appearance of a muscular entity that manages to incorporate the spaciousness it offers with the well-toned lines.
Since the a-pillar was placed in the rear, this highlights the fact that the cabin has a rearward orientation. This is different from the minivans especially with the single-arc silhouette of its frontward A-pillar. The driving position is also emphasized. Unlike conventional SUVs, the cabin has been positioned to be further placed back in relation to its lower body thus highlighting the motion conveyed by the Minagi.