Following the teaser images released three weeks ago, two new Mazda concept cars have been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show
Wednesday marked the first day of the Tokyo Motor Show and Mazda has revealed their highly anticipated concept cars – the Vision Coupe and Kai Concept hatchback. They mark Mazda’s shift towards its next generation of cars, embodying the concept and production vision of the Japanese manufacturer. Here’s everything you need to know about these stunning concept cars.
Although many were hoping for a return of the RX-Vision concept car, which first debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer have revealed a new coupe-styled concept car – the Vision Coupe. Prior to its reveal, Mazda had described this as their “design concept”. This evolution of Mazda’s award-winning KODO: Soul of Motion design language demonstrates a more mature and minimalistic design approach.
Inside, Mazda has continued this minimalist design with a stripped-back interior. Taking a different approach to most other manufacturers, Mazda has decided to forgo a large screen. Instead, they’ve created an interior which embodies the Japanese concept of ma (literally meaning ‘space’) and evokes the feel of continuous motion that typifies KODO: Soul of Motion.
To the disappointment of many, this stunning Mazda concept does not feature a Rotary engine. Indeed, recent news from the Japanese manufacturer has indicated a much more small-scale rotary plan for their future products. Rather than powering future vehicles, the rotary engine is more likely to be used as a range extender for an electric powered engine.
Dubbed as the ‘product concept’ when teasing the second concept vehicle, Mazda has also revealed a stunning hatchback, the Kai concept. Many are speculating that this vehicle is our first look at the next-generation Mazda 3. Mazda has described the vehicle as embodying ‘the technology, engineering and styling concepts that will define the coming generation of Mazdas’. Like the Vision Coupe concept, the Kai concept features a more refined, simpler expression of Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design language. The result is a more dramatic, muscular looking vehicle. The interior also features the same stripped-down design as the Vision Coupe.
The Kai Mazda concept also boasts improved performance, a more comfortable ride and a quieter car. Under the bonnet, it is powered by Mazda’s highly anticipated SKYACTIV-X petrol compression engine, which Mazda claims will offer diesel level efficiency in a petrol engine.
Also on display
Aside from concept cars, Mazda also has a few production models on display. The first is the 3-row 7-seater CX-8, making its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. This car boasts high levels of flexibility for its segment, with three different configurations of the second-row seats. Unfortunately, Mazda only plans on releasing this car to its Japanese market.
The updated Mazda MX-5 is also on display. It features more agile handling, 50:50 weight distribution, as well as adding new paint options, auburn leather interior and cherry read canopy.
The hardtop MX-5 RF has also had a bit of an update, with two-tone colouring now available.
Again, it is unclear whether the updates to the Mazda MX-5 and MX-5 RF will be made available for European markets.