Mazda unveils Vision Coupe & Kai Concept At Tokyo Motor Show 2017
Mazda unveiled two of its latest concept models at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show: the Mazda Kai Concept and the Mazda Vision Coupe. Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the show was open to the public from 28th October – 5th November 2017.
Mazda VISION COUPE
The VISION COUPE represents Mazda’s design vision for next-generation models; a more mature expression of KODO applies a Japanese aesthetic to achieve more elegant and premium styling. The exterior features a “one motion” form that exudes a sense of speed and the interior combines three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to create a relaxed space that maintains a sense of speed.
Ever since Mazda debuted the ‘KODO: Soul of Motion’ design language it has produced simply stunning cars. As Mazda put it ‘KODO: Soul of Motion’ design is “a true reflection of Jinba Ittai; the unity of horse and rider."
“Fascinated by elegance and fixated on creating an unbreakable bond between driver and car, our designers have worked endlessly to create a design philosophy that embodies the dynamic beauty of life.
“This can be felt both inside and out, transferring the energy of movement to those who see it and creating an irresistible urge to drive.”
The new Kai Concept is a really good-looking car but the Vision Concept is another step up from there. It is an elegant four-door saloon car with very few seams or lines across the body which gives the car an incredibly aesthetically-pleasing design.
Mazda says the design “embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple 'one-motion' form that conveys a sense of speed.”
Inside the car the company has used the concept of ‘ma’ from Japanese architecture which means ‘space.’ Apart from some flowery language about the car’s design, there is not much else that has been confirmed for the car.
It’s price, specs and release date remain a mystery.
Much like the Kai Concept it could however received the SKYACTIV-X powertrain - which it was launched alongside.
Mazda KAI CONCEPT
The Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback heralds a new generation of Mazda cars. Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X gasoline engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the model embodies the technology, engineering and design concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda cars. Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a dramatically quieter, more comfortable ride and an enhanced performance feel. The Kai Concept features muscular, solid proportions and its form is brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the body sides.
The Kai is a compact hatchback which boasts a stunning muscular, solid proportions and its form is brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the body sides. Mazda says the Kai is a “compact hatchback that sets the stage for the future of the Mazda brand.” What this means is that the Kai concept could in fact morph into the next generation Mazda 3.
One of the most interesting things about the Kai concept is the addition of the SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, which also debuted at the auto show. SKYACTIV-X is a groundbreaking spark injection petrol engine which is 30 per cent more efficient than diesel cars.
This indicates act the Kai will be coming to the market in 2019, when the engine debuts.
In line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile — driving pleasure — to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.