2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Mazda Takeri Concept previews the next Mazda6

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 1, 2011

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda has unveiled the new Takeri concept, which chief Takashi Yamanouchi says is a showcase for the potential of the Japanese manufacturer’s efficient new SkyActiv technology. Yamanouchi, the president and CEO of Mazda, said that the saloon concept, “embodies SkyActiv as efficient as a hybrid without any electrification.”

He added that the Takeri symbolizes what could be achieved with its plans. The Takeri is how Mazda visualizes the next-generation Mazda 6 saloon. When it goes into production, just the door handles, wheels, and wing mirrors would be different.

Expected to go on sale within 1.5 years, the next Mazda 6 is expected to benefit from the full series of SkyActiv Tech. It will feature new very efficient petrol and diesel engines, compact, lightweight automatic and manual transmissions, new suspension systems and a new modular steel platform. This technology is meant to permit Mazda to succeed as an independent car maker after it split from Ford.

It also believes that it will be able to protect the company in the future from more stringent emissions regulations. The Mazda CX-5, which will go on sale in spring 2012, is where all SkyActiv technology will show up in a production car for the first time.

Mazda 6 would be the second car to be spun off the lighter, stiffer SkyActiv platform. Its steel spaceframe is built in small sections so that there’s ease in scaling up or down to underpin models whether it’s a Mazda 3 family hatchback or a full-size CX-9 SUV.

Exterior Design

In order to make the exterior design of the Takeri that much more attractive, Mazda used the style used on the Shinari concept. The brand did this by utilizing the packaging and layout of the CD segment vehicle and then putting inside it a graphic version of a feel of coiled animal power that has been stored and appeared more than ready to burst to rapid motion.

Starting with the overhanging front fender line, as it has been sculpted above its wheels, it immediately brings to mind how the shoulder of a cheetah looks as it makes use of the front paws in order to grip the ground and then change direction rapidly. The rear fender line meanwhile evokes the image of the cheetah’s hip as it prepares to run.

By utilizing these different images and then combining the rhythms derived from the shape of the front and that of the rear, the design team was more than successful in bringing to life a muscular and lean body with the feel of running free.

Then there is the strong axis that goes through the car’s entire length, bringing to mind the spine of the vehicle and visually expressing that sense of speed in addition to masculine and confident power. Looking at its side, it is easy to see that it offers enough space for up to 4 adult passengers to sit comfortably. Since the cabin was placed further back, it results in the Takeri displaying dynamic proportions while being able to get the perfect balance between an elegance that is emotionally appealing, stylistic beauty inherent in a sedan, and the unmatched display of power that ensures one is able to enjoy driving.

Going to the front, the area has been deeply chiselled. Its trademarked wings instantly make this unit recognizable as a new generation model from Mazda. In fact, the whole front end has that confidence and solidity that is expected from a CD sedan. The wings have sculpted mountings and with the headlamps set deeply into them, give a hint of a glint in the eye with the yearning to run free. Its rear end is also able to exhibit that same feel of determination as the front has been deeply chiseled as well.

The way the trunk has been shaped, when combined with the lines that come from the side, results in a good balance between stability and speed. Still, there is no doubt that the Takeri highlights aerodynamic performance as it makes use of features that are present in many of the new generation models from Mazda that have been fitted with Skyactiv Technology.

The main reason why the Takeri is able to attain excellent aerodynamic performance is due to the fact that the airflow that goes above the upper body has been optimally tuned while the underfloor design meanwhile makes the airflow more efficient.

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