Mazda this week revealed two new concept cars at the annual Tokyo motor show. The first – a four-door model dubbed the “VISION COUPE” – was undoubtedly the star not only of Mazda’s car stand, but of the entire exhibition.
Essentially a stretched, saloon-like version of the RX-VISION concept car that was revealed at the same show back in 2015, the vehicle represents the latest expression of the brand’s “KODO – Soul of Motion” design philosophy.
The designers say the car’s styling embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, with a simple “one-motion” form that “conveys a sense of speed”. On the inside too, they claim to have used the concept of “ma” (literally “space”) from traditional Japanese architecture to shape the cabin.
Attracting slightly less attention than the grand tourer was Mazda’s other design study at the Tokyo show, namely, the “KAI CONCEPT”.
A compact hatchback, the car has been built around Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-X vehicle architecture and also features the company’s next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine.
It is claimed the design study will herald a new generation of vehicles from the Japanese manufacturer, starting with the all-new 3 hatchback that is set to launch in 2019.