Mazda’s Tokyo Motor Show stand is trying to bring the soul this year: the company just unveiled the Takeri concept, which follows its new design philosophy called kodo, or soul of motion.
Kodo is a new design language for the company which previously designed all of its cars under the nagare language, which meant flow. Responses to that language, which was responsible for most Mazda cars looking like they regularly smile at passersby, were mixed, but Kodo promises a new direction.
While the first true incarnation of Kodo is the CX-5 crossover that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month, Takeri picks up where the CX-5 left off and most likely previews the 6 sedan of the future.
The concept is powered by a 2.2-liter twin-turbo diesel Skyactiv-D engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and also features start/stop technology and i-Eloop, a new capacitor-based kinetic energy recovery system. Mazda promises a cruising range of over 900 miles when all of the technologies combine. Mazda says to think of the Takeri as a sort of alternative green car; and we think its look, which eschews smiley faces for a chiseled, grimaced front clip and interlacing creases down the sides, certainly don’t make it look boring.
If we’re lucky and this Takeri does see production as a 6 sedan, expect to see it some time in 2013.
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