Mazda generated a lot of interest when the Shinari concept car made its North American debut at last year’s L.A. Auto Show. The Shinari was a clean design, and it certainly looked angrier than their current model lineup. Sadly, it won’t see production, although its design language will be used to influence future Mazda products. The first of these will be the Mazda Minagi, a crossover concept to be shown at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. The Minagi will most likely see production, as Mazda badly needs a replacement for the outdated and soon-to-be-extinct Tribute SUV.
Details about the Minagi are relatively scarce, but it’s safe to assume it will be built on Ford’s C platform. Mazda says the Minagi will be equipped with their fuel efficient Skyactiv engine and transmission, and will incorporate a Skyactiv body and chassis as well. That’s Mazda speak for “we’re putting it on a diet, but not skimping on safety features”. Mazda will use the Geneva show to highlight the Minagi concept, their Kodo design language and their Skyactiv technology for fuel saving and emission reductions. Let’s hope that the company has a substantial presence in Geneva, as they’ve been oddly silent since their breakup with Ford.
Source: Mazda North America