February 26, 2003
Mazda MX Sportif concept to debut in Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland – Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase a new concept vehicle at the 2003 Geneva International Motor Show: the Mazda MX Sportif. The all-new design concept indicates the direction Mazda will take for its new, global “C-segment” vehicle. The five-door, hatchback MX Sportif has been developed to blur the lines of traditional vehicle segmentation, says Mazda. The design features a long cabin and extremely short overhangs. It also has triangular-shaped rear, a graceful roofline and aggressively flared fenders.
The front-wheel drive MX Sportif is powered by a 2.0-litre, inline four-cylinder engine, a member of Mazda’s new-generation of engines. The engine features a reversed intake-exhaust layout (with the exhaust system fitted at the rear), a variable intake system (VIS), a tumble swirl control valve (TSCV) and a high-flow port head. The fast revving four-cylinder also meet the PZEV (partial zero emission vehicle) standard in the United States, the European Commission’s Euro 4 standard and the ULEV (ultra-low emissions vehicle) standard in Japan. The engine is mated to a close-ratio, short-throw five-speed manual transmission and, for added capability and safety, the MX Sportif features Mazda’s Dynamic Stability Control.