Earlier this year, Mazda announced the all-new Skyactiv-X engine and said that the powerplant would be introduced in 2019 and would be fitted on the next-generation Mazda 3. Now, the Hiroshima-based automaker has revealed the Mazda Kai Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, a new sleek hatch back which possibly previews the upcoming vehicle.
Together with the Vision Coupe Concept, the Kai Concept shows Mazda's future direction with the Kodo design language. The concept rides on Mazda's latest Skyactiv architecture, which is set to underpin all future models, and is powered by the upcoming Skyactiv-X engine, leading us to believe that this concept will become the next-generation Mazda 3.
As the Kai Concept acts as preview for future design models, the overall styling of the vehicle has also been revised. Some of the key changes found on the concept include a redesigned grill and slimmer headlights. The concept also does away with any character lines, giving the body a better flow.
The overall shape of the hatchback has also been changed when compared to the current-generation Mazda3. It features a longer hood, a sloping roof line and a rounded more rounded rear end with thicker C-pillars. The taillights of the concept also appear to be inspired from the RX-Vision concept from a two years ago. Meanwhile the exhausts also exit through the bumper, above a subtle rear diffuser.
Inside, the is the cabin has been designed with a driver-oriented, minimalist approach. No longer is there a free-standing infotainment screen as it has now integrated into the dashboard.
Mazda says the new platform will be significantly quieter and provide a more comfortable ride over its predecessors, and will also be more fun to drive. Coupled with the upcoming Skyactiv-X engine, the vehicle does appear to be the pioneer of Mazda's step forward with their future vehicles.