Mazda Motor Corporation will exhibit two concept models at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show this month. It is already confirming that one of them will be a forthcoming new model and that’s likely to be the next generation of the Mazda3 (also known as Axela in Japan).
The concept model (shown above) will have the form of a compact hatchback with next-generation technology and design. It will incorporate SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture which is probably an expansion of the original SKYACTIV technologies introduced 6 years ago. Back then, when SKYACTIV was first revealed, it was thought to be just powertrain technologies but it turned out that SKYACTIV actually encompassed almost all aspects of a vehicle – including the body structure and chassis.
SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture is said to be technologies that apply a human-centered design philosophy for optimal functionality. This is likely to relate to platform engineering and further enhance the dynamic qualities of the car and expand the vehicle motion technologies which were mentioned when Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) was introduced last year.
It is almost a certainty that the new Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) will be the first model to use the SKYACTIV-X engine (shown below). This is the world’s first commercial petrol-fuelled engine to use compression ignition. [Click here to read more about it]
Mazda intends to continue offering cars that ‘celebrate the driving experience, enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers’ and as a preview of what will come, the company will also display a Next-Generation Design Vision concept (pictured below).
“Our stand this year marks the beginning of a new era for Mazda. We will showcase a concept model with the design and technologies that will define a whole new generation of Mazda cars. Among them is SKYACTIV-X, a petrol engine that realizes a long-held dream of the global automotive industry,” said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President & CEO.
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