Mazda has revealed some teasers for two concepts that will headline its Tokyo Motor Show display later this month. One is almost certainly the next-generation Mazda Axela (known stateside as the 3). The more far-out one is a sedan concept the Hiroshima carmaker says will establish the next generation of Mazda design. What’s more interesting though is that the car appears to have rear-wheel-drive proportions.
Mazda says the latter will “define the next generation of Mazda design, resulting in a more profound expression of the globally-acclaimed Kodo design language.” We at JNC are of the opinion that the Kodo philosophy, which means “soul of motion” according to Mazda, has sculpted some of the most beautiful sheetmetal of modern times. It will be interesting to see what the next progression of that entails.
Mazda is also showing a Mazda MX5 RF with hand operated controls. This is actually not an RF with a manually lowered top as we originally thought, but a version for disabled drivers without the use of their legs.
Going back to the sedan concept for a bit, it seems to exhibit the an long hood that drops off dramatically just fore of the with the front wheels. The result is a short overhang and a long the section between the leading cutline of the front doors and the front axle. A short deck is common on modern design, but the flatness and lins carrying over from the front appear to put the emphasis on a classic long hood, short deck FR proportions.
More than any other automaker right now, the scrappy firm from Hiroshima is consistently churning out great design (not to mention incredible driving dynamics, ergonomics, etc.). Given the knockout beauty of the RX-Vision from the last Tokyo Motor Show, it will be interesting to see how the Mazda sports sedan concept builds. Stay tuned. Our Tokyo Motor Show coverage begins October 25.