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.)

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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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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