Mazda Kai Concept previews new mature KODO design for future cars

Article by Christian A., on October 31, 2017

Could this be the future appearance of the Mazda3 compact hatchback? Mazda has just unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan a new design concept that previews the styling of future Mazda vehicles – the new Mazda Kai Concept. This new design study was unveiled by Mazda along with another concept, the Mazda Vision Coupe.

According to the carmaker, the new Mazda Kai Concept compact hatchback heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the company. While Mazda provided some details of the new Kai Concept, it still has to divulge the specifics.

Basically, the new Mazda Kai Concept debuts a more mature expression of the already well-known KODO design language. It is underpinned by the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and will be powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine. Thus, overall, the new Mazda Kai concept is an embodiment of what could be expected from Mazda’s next-generation models in terms of technology, engineering and styling.

According to the Japanese carmaker, the new Mazda Kai Concept boasts of refinements in every conceivable sector of dynamic performance, resulting to enhanced levels of performance, a significantly more comfortable and quieter ride. The next-generation Skyactiv-X engine on the new Mazda Kai Concept is bound to be the first compression-ignition gasoline engine on the market. Thanks to engineering upgrades and refinements, the next-gen Skyactiv-X engine should deliver between 10 percent and 30 percent more torque than the current generation, while recording between 20 percent and 30 percent in improvements in terms of fuel efficiency.

Up front, the new Mazda Kai Concept features a more pronounced nose and grille as flanked by narrow headlights. These design details are complemented by flared wheel arches on the sides. The rear end, on the other hand, comes with taillights reminiscent of those on the RX Vision Concept as well as a diffuser with dual exhaust outlets.

Interestingly, the Mazda Kai Concept closely mirrors the Mazda3 both in size and design. Already a hot seller, a Mazda3 bearing the design cues of the Kai Concept would be a sight to behold on the road. The upcoming 2018 Mazda3 is set to be powered by the Skyactiv II engine that features homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) technology.

This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt. HCCI essentially compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion, allowing the engine to be up to 30 percent more efficient than other gasoline engines in the market. This means that the 2018 Mazda3 compact hatchback could offer a fuel economy rating of 42 miles per gallon, compared to the current 32 mpg.

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Mazda reveals KAI CONCEPT and VISION COUPE

Mazda revealed two concepts today at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Mazda KAI CONCEPT, a compact hatchback that heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the award-winning Japanese carmaker, made its world premiere. It was the second appearance for the Mazda VISION COUPE, a design concept that debuted yesterday evening at a pre-show event called Mazda Design Night 2017.

Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the KAI CONCEPT embodies the technology, engineering and styling concepts that will define the coming generation of Mazdas. Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a considerably quieter, more comfortable ride and enhanced performance. The KAI CONCEPT features muscular, solid proportions in a form brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the sides of the body.

Highlights of the VISION COUPE, meanwhile, include a KODO - Soul of Motion exterior that embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple “one-motion” form that conveys a sense of speed. The interior applies the concept of ma (literally “space”) from traditional Japanese architecture, combining three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to produce a relaxed space while maintaining the feeling of motion. As for the concept’s name, it pays homage to Mazda’s tradition of design elegance represented by coupé models like the Mazda R360, Mazda’s first passenger car, and the Mazda Luce Rotary, also known as the Mazda R130.

Otherwise, Mazda has spotlights on the all-new Mazda CX-8, a three-row SUV going on sale in Japan later this year, as well as the 2018 Mazda MX-5 and 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF. The latter offer a number of enhancements such as a higher quality ride, more peaceful cabin and a wider choice of body colours.

In line with Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030, Mazda’s long-term vision for technology development, the company is looking to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile – driving pleasure – to inspire people and enrich society.

Source: Mazda

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