Mazda to preview next-gen Mazda3 and new KODO design at Tokyo

Mazda will exhibit two concept models at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one that heralds the company’s next-generation products and another that embodies the direction of the company’s next-generation design.

The product concept model, a compact hatchback, is expected to preview the next-generation Mazda3. Combining  next-generation technology and design the concept adopts the company’s new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and is powered by the SKYACTIV-X powertrain, which is set to become the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition.

Mazda says the dynamic performance has been dramatically refined and next-generation design condensed to create the ideal compact hatchback.

The design vision model is a four-door coupe that embodies the concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda design, resulting in a more profound expression of the globally-acclaimed KODO design language Mazda debuted on the Mazda CX-5 in 2012.

The Mazda CX-8, a new three-row crossover SUV that goes on sale in Japan in December, will also be on display at the show. The company’s flagship SUV in Japan, it features comfortable seating in all three rows and an updated SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine with increase torque and power.

A special edition Mazda MX-5 Roadster Red Top featuring a dark cherry red canopy and auburn Nappa leather upholstery will also be exhibited.

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