Mazda is famously averse to talking about future product, but the public will get a pretty good look at the next Mazda Mazda6 with the debut of the Mazda Takeri concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The Mazda Takeri concept four-door sedan follows the Mazda Shinari four-door coupe concept from last year and the new production CX-5 in displaying the new Mazda Kodo “Soul of Motion” design theme, replacing the short-lived Nagare styling theme that only recently came to full development in the Mazda Mazda5 compact minivan.
Mazda says the Takeri concept will display the full range of SkyActiv technology, including the new SkyActiv-D diesel engine , a low compression ratio of the diesel that will meet emissions requirements without expensive” after-treatment” in the exhaust system to reduce NOx. In addition to an increase in fuel economy of twenty percent, the SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine will have two-phase turbocharging, increased torque up to the rev limit of 5,200 rpm.
Fuel economy of the SkyActiv-D will be further improved in the Mazda Takeri concept by using Mazda’s idling stop system, called “i-stop” by Mazda, and regenerative braking. The latter saves fuel by the vehicle’s kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration. The electricity is stored in capacitors and used later for lighting, audio systems and powering air conditioning and other equipment, using the stored energy that would otherwise have to be provided by the engine. It’s Mazda’s first use of regen braking.
Mazda has previously said that the SkyActiv-D diesel engine will be available in the new Mazda CX-5 in the U.S., and Americans can also look forward the diesel to be available in the next generation Mazda Mazda6 which should arrive here late next year. Expect the Kodo design theme of the Mazda Takeri concept to shake up the mid-size sedan segment by replacing the attractive but ordinary styling of the current Mazda Mazda6.