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Mazda has had a successful auto show season so far thanks to the warm reception of its first two concepts, the Nagare and Ryuga. Unveiled at the L.A. and Detroit auto shows respectively, those two concepts were admittedly as far from production ready as you can get. Mazda's third and final concept for this show season, the Hakaze, is said to be the only one of the three that could be made production ready in a relatively short amount of time. Well, we brought you a large gallery of images showing the development and design team behind the Hakaze concept already, but there were only two exterior shots of the vehicle and no interior shots in that batch of snaps. KickingTires.com has come across almost a dozen additinal shots that show the Hakaze in real world situations, as well as the interior.
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After viewing the additional images, we have to admit that we're lost on how the Hakaze is supposed to be any more production ready than Ryuga, for instance. While the exterior is an obvious evolution of the brand's "emotion of motion" design ethos, it doesn't seem to work as well as wrapped around the traditional proportions of a modern day CUV. Those surface waves on the sides that worked so well on the Nagare and Ryuga make the Hakaze look like a malnourished dog with its ribs showing. The interior, as well, if a designer's flight of fancy with the center console comprised of three vertical lines flanked with glowing orange buttons.
We're certainly not about to trash the Hakaze for being too much a concept, but we're disappointed Mazda doesn't have something for us a little more grounded in reality. If it were up to us, we'd fast track the Ryuga concept into production as a closed coupe counterpart to the MX-5, but that's just us.