Mazda Is Bringing Two New Concept Cars to Tokyo This Month

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New Mazda3 shown in concept teaser

The hatch concept shows off a long hood, angular headlights, and possibly a more raked roofline than the current Mazda3.

From some angles, it's a case of subtle evolution - the tail lights and C-pillar treatment on the hatchback concept, dubbed the "product concept model" for now, are identifiably "Mazda3" in their shape and positioning.

Mazda has also confirmed the hatchback concept will feature its new spark ignition Skyactiv-X engine and Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, both nods to this concept being the next Mazda3.

The Skyactiv-X technology forces the petrol to combust under extremely high compression, a move that will increase fuel efficiency by up to 17 per cent. That, of course, can mean anything.

Mazda's second concept slated for Tokyo is less obvious.

Mazda has prepared a study on the styling of future models based on the KODO design language. Speaking with AutoExpress, Mazda R&D boss Matsuhiro Tanaka said, "With the Tokyo Motor Show, we will be introducing a new design concept".

The first one, christened as the Next-Generation Design Vision and seen above, looks to be a sleek, four-door affair made for the sole goal of showing off the brand's overall design future.

That comment brings up a whole host of questions on Mazda's plans to revive the rotary engine.

The Mazda stand at the show will also be presenting the CX-8, the firm's latest crossover, which will launch on the Japanese market before the end of this year, and the limited-edition Mazda MX-5 Red Top series, which is distinguished by a cherry red roof and auburn Nappa leather upholstery. But when you step on it, the Skyactiv-X acts like a regular supercharged Atkinson-cycle gas engine.

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