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Mazda presenting new design philosophy at Tokyo show

October 10, 2017

Another big debut will take place at the Tokyo motor show later this month. This time we hear from Mazda, which is planning to unveil two concept cars including a hatch that could preview the next-gen Mazda3, as well as one that could preview the next-gen Mazda6.

Perhaps the most interesting is the new hatch concept. Mazda says it will showcase the company’s latest SkyActiv-X engine which becomes the first-ever petrol engine to use compression ignition. It also debuts a new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture platform.

Aside from previewing next-gen technologies, the concept will also give us some insight into Mazda’s evolution of the Kodo design language. From the teaser it’s clear to see the car is a modern interpretation of the current Mazda3, with a rounded rear end with smoother panel contours and large alloy wheels.

The other concept on display will be a striking four-door coupe-like car, also demonstrating Mazda’s future design direction. Mazda says the design vision model “embodies the concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda design,” resulting in a more profound expression of the Kodo philosophy.

Also on display at the big event will be the new CX-8 that will go on sale in Japan late this year, as well as a special edition MX-5 Red Top featuring a dark cherry red canopy with Nappa leather upholstery. Speaking about the event, Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO, said:

“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.”

All will be revealed in Tokyo at the start of the show, on October 25 during the first press day. Stay tuned.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.