Mazda has done an amazing job recently with beautiful and sophisticated designs of their next generation cars including the lovely Mazda Kazamai SUV. Mazda Kazamai is concept brand number six in a series that started with Mazda Nagare at Los Angeles auto show and evolved with Mazda Ryuga, Hakaze, Taiki, and the Furai, with designs representing rippling water. While brand new Mazda Kazamai 2009 base model had an estimated base MSRP of $20,000. The 2014 Mazda Kazamai is expected to have a average price of $25,000.
Kazamai means ‘swirling crosswinds’ in Japanese, and was chosen to express the powerful yet nimble character of this stylish and compact crossover. Mazda Kazamai Concept is dynamic and athletic looking on the outside and displays an evolved Mazda Nagare ‘flow’ design. Unlike previous concept cars, Mazda Kazamai’s styling represents powerful natural movements that are emotionally expressed through three-dimensional motifs stretching over the whole body, representing a fusion of design and functionality.
Mazda Kazamai is an impressive combination of packaging requirements and design aesthetics. With a width of 1,930mm and a length of 4,520mm, it is slightly larger than the current Mazda3, wîth room for SÚV comfort and functionality on the inside. Yet, because it is only 1,500mm high, has a flat roofline and very short rear overhangs, it also has a sporty coupe look wîth the promise of driving fun.
The innovative body design features flared fenders that emphasise SÚV-like strength and a cabin befitting a sports car. The wedge-shaped profile was designed to evoke the image of a sleek arrow cutting through a mighty wind. In particular, the body design between the front wheel arches and the roof pillars is intended to express the agility and dynamism of wind gusting along the side of the vehicle. The panel lines on the sides represent swift and elegant crosswinds, further accentuating the dynamic and stylish body design. The bonnet itself is lower in the centre than at the sides, which emphasises the car’s powerful front fenders that accommodate large, 22-inch diameter wheels wîth 265/45 R22 tyres.