Mazda Kai Concept: If The Next Mazda 3 Looks This Good We Should Throw A Party

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Mazda’s been on something of a roll lately when it comes to design, from stuff that you can actually buy like the new CX-5 crossover to things you probably will never get, like the RX-Vision concept. Following in the latter’s footsteps is the Mazda Kai Concept soon to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, and Belgian site Autotijd has the leaked pics. (Update: Now with official photos from Mazda.)

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As you might be able to guess, this is probably the next Mazda 3 hatchback in concept form. And that’s seriously not a bad thing. This is a sleek and clean design that takes the best of that rotary powered sports car concept and translates it into a practical normal car you might consider owning.

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Illustration for article titled Mazda Kai Concept: If The Next Mazda 3 Looks This Good We Should Throw A Party

The next Mazda 3 is extra interesting because it is expected to debut the new SkyActiv-X engine, a remarkable piece of technology that uses long sought-after combustion methods to get diesel-like fuel economy from a gasoline motor. Our man David Tracy drove a prototype of that engine in Germany and was delighted at how good it was.

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Revolutionary technology, (presumably) great handling and gorgeous looks: it looks like Mazda brought its A-game with this thing. I’m eager to see more of it in Tokyo.

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AlexioFlexio
AlexioFlexio

they will tone down the shoulders until it looks mundane, reduce the C-pillar until there is better visibility, reduce the quality of the paint until it’s just not that brilliant, remove all the little details and flicks which make it interesting, and put some big mirrors on it. Then, we’ll just say.. oh, a hatch-back.

it’s the same old concept car trick.