New Mazda3 Concept and Possible Rotary-Powered Design Concept Teased

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Mazda has released teaser images previewing two concept cars it will debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

Mazda says one of the concepts will herald its next-generation products, while the other will signal the direction of the company’s future design language. The product concept is a compact hatchback that looks sort of like the current Mazda3 hatchback. It will utilize the automaker’s new Skyactiv-X compression ignition engine and will also ride on a new platform called Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture.

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The design concept will feature styling cues will “define the next generation of Mazda design.” It appears to be a sleek sedan with a long hood and short rear overhangs. The concept will usher in a new design language for Mazda just as the Mazda CX-5 crossover did in 2012, so its debut should prove to be rather significant. It seems as though this will be the rotary-powered concept Mazda revealed it will bring to Tokyo, but we can’t be sure.

“Our stand this year marks the beginning of a new era for Mazda. We will showcase a concept model with the design and technologies that will define a whole new generation of Mazda cars,” said Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai. “Among them is SKYACTIV-X, a gasoline engine that realizes a long-held dream of the global automotive industry.”

We’ll know more about the Mazda concepts when they debut in Tokyo on October 25.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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