Mazda has offered an early glimpse at the styling direction of its next-generation 2 and 3 hatchbacks complete with its new Kodo design language.
Kodo, which means 'soul of motion' in Japanese, was first shown on the firm’s Shinari four-door coupe concept last month. Global design chief, Ikeo Maeda, said that the car "will lead to the next generation of Mazda design".
An official Mazda video has now been released showing how Kodo could be applied to the firm’s three-door hatchback models. The design language has been applied to the clay model in the video and a series of different colours are projected onto it.
Kodo is designed to replace the nature-influenced Nagare design language. Its key styling features include a prominent, gaping-mouth grille that does away with Nagare's 'smiling face', ultra-slim headlights and an Aston Martin-esque side vent just behind the front wheels.