Take it away, Tak­eri

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In 2002, the orig­i­nal Mazda6 re­vived and re­ju­ve­nated the mid-size seg­ment — this is what will do it again. Here’s a new look at the Tak­eri con­cept, un­veiled this week at the Tokyo mo­tor show. It’s not at all far from the com­pleted car (known at the mo­ment as the CD sedan) so ex­pect some­thing close to this styling when it gets here per­haps by late next year but more likely 2013. Don’t doubt Mazda’s in­ten­tions and re­mem­ber how faith­ful the com­ing CX-5 is to its con­cept. If Moto­foto is be­ing un­usu­ally earnest, it’s be­cause even we are struck per­versely sober not only by the Tak­eri’s out­ra­geous lines but also the tan­gi­ble prospect of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel Sky­ac­tive en­gine, with i-stop idling sys­tem and I-LOOP re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing, for Mazda6 dol­lars. Amid the plethora of Tokyo ex­hibits that are lit­tle more than nov­elty life­style aids and toys, here’s some­thing to which we can look for­ward.

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