The Tokyo Motor Show is underway and Mazda is showing off two future-looking concepts; the KAI and the Vision Coupe. The former is a stunning compact hatchback, the latter a low-slung coupe. They both show off a more mature design language and some unique (though surely concept-only) features.
The KAI Concept is a pretty clear look at the next-gen Mazda3 hatchback. It sports a more aggressively sloped rear roofline with two skylights that run the length of the roof for driver and passenger (reminiscent of a T-top look), massive wheels, retractable door handles, and thin side mirrors. Most of those features, along with the large black rear fascia will not see production, but this will likely be the shape we see in dealer showrooms. Under the hood is Mazda’s latest engine technology, Skyactiv-X; a Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition engine that will improve fuel economy 20-30%. Mazda also says it is running on the latest Skyactiv vehicle architecture with improvements ride dynamics including a quieter and more comfortable ride with an enhanced performance feel.
Switching from hatchback to “coupe” (it has four doors), Mazda is showcasing what the next 6 may look like, or at least where we’ll be able to trace back its design too. A long hood, sloping roofline that goes all the way to the end of the car, and wide stance give this coupe a sophisticated appearance; though it borders on Avenir (the Buick concept) territory in my opinion.
If you were wondering where Mazda is going in the future, look no further than these two concepts.