In the past few days Mazda released a first sketch of a new concept car that foreshadows the next generation of its vehicles, and which will be introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October. The show will actually see the company unveil two concept models, one previewing the next-generation products the company is developing, the other the design imperatives that will govern upcoming Mazda models.
The first concept, described as a compact hatchback, will likely find its closest representation in the future Mazda3; it is powered by the all-new SKYACTIV-X engine, set to be the world’s first commercially produced engine to use compression ignition. Mazda is already promising dynamic performance that is substantially improved and more refined.
The second concept will illustrate new steps taken in furthering the company’s KODO design esthetic, first introduced with the CX-5 back in 2012.
"Our stand this year marks the beginning of a new era for Mazda. We will showcase a concept model with the design and technologies that will define a whole new generation of Mazda cars. Among them is SKYACTIV-X, a gasoline engine that realizes a long-held dream of the global automotive industry."
- Masamichi Kogai, Mazda Representative Director, President and CEO
On an amusing side-note, some may remember that Mazda had, way back in 2007, organized a design contest to imagine the future 2018 Mazda3, which we reported on at the time. It will be interesting to compare the imagined look with the real one!