The MX-Micro Sport concept is Mazda’s latest attempt to add some zest to its stable, and it comes in the form of this small and compact package that oozes athleticism.

The MX-Micro Sport concept is Mazda’s latest attempt to add some zest to its stable, and it comes in the form of this small and compact package that oozes athleticism.

Equipped with Mazda’s proven MZR 2,0-litre four-cylinder 16-valve engine, it benefits from a variable-length induction system, lightweight pistons and low-friction cams and tappets. The exhaust manifold has been specifically tuned to provide a sporty engine note.

The MX-Micro Sport has a concept six-speed manual transmission and features a MacPherson-type front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension.

The MX-Micro Sport concept offers a fresh interpretation of the five-point grille. A large air intake in the front skirt and bold vertical slits at either end of the front bumper emphasise the aggressive look. Large headlamp units feature clear lenses and reflectors with a unique curvature. The brutish shoulder line along the length of the vehicle, combined with the bold front and rear fenders give the car its ‘watch out” appeal.

Similarly, the rear end of the MX-Micro Sport concept features a racing-inspired rear air diffuser, vertical slits at either end of the rear bumper and centrally located dual exhaust pipes. Seventeen-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels add to the concept’s overall aggressive look.

At 3980mm in length, the MX-Micro Sport concept is compact in size, yet the cabin appears spacious and offers enough room for four adults. The luggage compartment comes equipped with a detachable partition for flexible stowage arrangements.

The instrument binnacle’s central section incorporates a highly reflective silver finish that works to complement the large, black-on-white instruments. To the right of the steering wheel is a large, multi?function display. Positioned centrally between the driver and front passenger, the central display is visible and easy to operate by both.

An additional feature of the MX-Micro Sport concept is Mazda’s keyless entry system. A ‘credit card” contains personalised information about the driver and when inserted, information is automatically set by the system. The card also activates the engine’s start switch.

A production version of the MX-Micro Sport concept will debut in a leading market sometime during 2004.

Original article from Car