Aside from giving the motoring public a look at their next-generation hatchback, Mazda also presented another concept during the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in the form of the Vision Coupe Concept.
It's a sleek four-door coupe that shows the future styling direction of Mazda's Kodo – Soul of Motion design philosophy. Upon first glance, the concept appears to borrow some cues from the rotary-powered RX-Vision concept from 2015. Mazda also mentioned that they took inspiration from past models such as the 1960 R360 and 1969 Luce.
It follows the traditional formula of a long hood, short deck design that has been imbued with modern touches. The front fascia is distinctly Mazda with the sharp headlights, large gaping front grill and low-slung front bumper. Meanwhile, overly-large alloy wheels are shod in the wheel wells that give the car an aggressive stance.
The side profile is designed cleanly, further accentuating the clear-cut doors and single character line that runs the entire length of the car. Around the back, Mazda kept it simple as it only comes with circular taillights, a large rear glass window and four exhaust pipes that exit through the bumper. Also worth mentioning are its broad shoulder lines that emphasize the concept's 'powerful physique'.
With a 'less is more' approach, the cabin of the Vision Coupe Concept features a relatively simple yet driver-oriented dashboard. According to Mazda, this creates space free of clutter and confinement which allows the driver to be one with the automobile. Thanks to the minimalist design, the emphasis is placed on the fine woodwork, leather and soft-touch materials, and splashes of metal trim.
The three-spoke steering wheel is reminiscent of the one used in Kai hatchback concept while the three-pod instrument cluster gives the concept a sporty finish. The dashboard itself, on the other hand, houses the touchscreen infotainment system. It works via a see-through display that was developed in-house by Mazda.
Beside making the cabin simpler, Mazda also worked on improving the 'Jinba-ittai' (rider and horse as one) experience. Mazda claimed that the concept has a symmetrical cockpit layout, with the steering wheel placed at center while everything else is placed to the left and right. The multi-info and multimedia display can be easily manipulated via the center console, creating a unique human-machine interface that is easy-to-use.
There is no word as to when will Mazda make use of the Vision Coupe's styling direction for their existing and upcoming models.