If you are a fan of JDM automotive culture, then this week should be like Christmas to you as the Tokyo Motor Show kicks off. After having seen concepts from Toyota and others, now is Mazda’s turn.
At Tokyo, Mazda is debuting the Kai and Vision Coupe Concepts, which likely preview the fourth generations of the Mazda3 and Mazda6. Both show off the refined, new KODO design theme.
Starting off with the Kai, it previews the Mazda3. Shown in hatchback form, the design is more aggressive with a larger grill and pronounced hips for the rear wheels. Though it should be expected for the design to be mellowed before production, it does premier Mazda’s next generation SkyActiv-X gas engine. We hope to get more details on this soon. The interior is very simple with minimal use of buttons.
The Vision Coupe Concept previews the next Mazda6. As is all the rage, Mazda is calling this a four door coupe like the Audi A7 or Mercedes CLS. Like the Kai, it features KODO design, but with what Mazda calls “one motion” form. The design is sure to stand out in concept form, but again, will probably be altered for production, especially in the green house.
Mazda is likely to start production of the next generation 3 and 6 within the next 24 months, so look forward their debuts sometime next year.