Two Mazda con­cepts to be un­veiled at mo­tor show

Au­tomaker will also present sleek CX-8 and a spe­cial edi­tion of the Mi­ata

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Mazda is ready to peel back the cov­ers of two new con­cepts at this year’s Tokyo Mo­tor Show.

The first con­cept, Mazda says, is a com­pact hatch­back pre­view­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of a pro­duc­tion model. Un­der­pinned by an all-new plat­form and Mazda’s new Sky­ac­tiv-X gaso­line en­gine, the teaser im­age strongly sug­gests we’re look­ing at the next-gen­er­a­tion Mazda3.

Mazda’s sec­ond, Tokyo-bound con­cept is a bit more pie-in-the-sky. Not much is known about it, other than Mazda billing it as a “de­sign vi­sion model” and promis­ing it “will de­fine the next gen­er­a­tion of Mazda de­sign” — es­sen­tially an evo­lu­tion of the com­pany’s Kodo de­sign lan­guage.

Along with the two con­cepts, Mazda’s Ja­pan-only CX-8 — a sleeker, if not less prac­ti­cal vari­ant of the CX-9 — plus a spe­cial edi­tion MX-5 Mi­ata will de­but at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show later this month.

— PHO­TOS: MAZDA

Mazda’s up­com­ing hatch­back con­cept is likely the next-gen Mazda3.

Lit­tle is known about a ‘de­sign vi­sion model.’

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