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Mazda uncovers Tokyo bound Kai and Vision Concepts


Teased earlier this month in preparation for the Tokyo Motor Show that starts today (October 25th), Mazda has now fully revealed its two previously unnamed concepts.

Kai Concept

More than likely previewing the next generation 3 hatchback, the Kai puts a new spin on Mazda's Kodo design language, with a still hatchback silhouette, but with a front facia derived from the CX SUV ranges, a lowered roofline, taillights taken from the RX Vision concept, dual exhausts, 10-spoke black alloy wheels and cameras substituting for side mirrors.

Inside, the Kai adopts a minimalist design with an expansive dashboard doubling up as a wide-screen infotainment display, an almost retro three-spoke steering wheel, red and black leather trim, piano key black detailing and generous chrome inserts.

No powertrain details were revealed, although it is rumoured that the Kai, and indeed the production 3, will make use of Mazda's SkyActiv-X range of petrol engines, the first compression ignition motor to go into mass production.

Vision Coupe Concept

Serving as taster of what the next 6 could possibly look like, the four-door Vision Coupe, according to Mazda, takes inspiration from the 1969 Luce Rotary Coupe with the great deal of focus being on elegance.

Taking after the RX-Vision, the Vision Coupe features a more aggressive take on the Kai's front end design, with a long bonnet, expansive glass house, shaved door handles, thin cameras serving as mirrors and taillights borrowed from the MX-5 RF.

The interior follows a similar design to that of the Kai, but with the wood replacing the piano key black inlays, and brown stitched leather on the dashboard as opposed to the red-and-black trim. A stubby MX-5-like gear lever also replaces the Kai's more traditional automatic lever.

Like the Kai, no mechanical details were announced, but expect the Vision Coupe to also come powered by a SkyActiv-X mill of sorts.

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