Mazda today just unveiled its new Minagi concept crossover at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new compact SUV features Mazda’s Kodo design similar to the Shinari concept sports car, which may replace the RX-8. What we are seeing here may be the Managi model near its production stage.
The front end features large grille and a chromed “signature wing” that extends all the way through the headlights. The style of the Minagi concept SUV is aggressive and muscular unlike its current small, cutish looking brethren.The Kodo design language is further emphasized in the Minagi concept through the contours of the front and rear fenders to give the car a sleek, dynamic look. The Mazda Minagi looks hi-tech with its headlamps and the taillights designs.
“I wanted to convey something different from the Mazda SHINARI. I felt a compact crossover SUV was the perfect vehicle to express agility and focused movement the flexibility of four limbs moving in unison, and an upright posture,” said Masashi Nakayama, the designer of the crossover concept.
As for the interior, the Mazda Minagi concept comes with a driver-orientated cockpit. The design of the instrument panel is sporty with circular illuminated speedometer, and along with the three-spoke steering wheel.
So far, no technical specs released yet, but Mazda promises to equip the Minagi SUV with the latest fuel efficient powertrain and advanced chasis that are under the SKYACTIV theme.
Mazda will likely begin production of the Minagi crossover somewhere in 2012. Lets hope so, we want one.