2017 Mazda Kai & Vision Coupe concepts unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda’s two concepts bound for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Kai and Vision Coupe, have been fully revealed following teasers.

The Soul Red Kai previews the next-generation Mazda3, which will be the first production car with Skyactiv-X technology and a fully reworked chassis promising greater comfort and refinement.

Like the second-generation CX-5, the concept features an evolution of the Kodo design philosophy, with a deeper and more prominent chrome-surrounded grille, much thinner headlamps and deeper sculpting along the bodyside and front fascia. The cab-rearward proportions mostly remain.

The interior features a screen element which extends to the passenger side, while the cockpit feel that has defined modern Mazdas is still intact. The 2018-2019 Mazda3 is shaping up to be another dominant force in the small car field.

The Vision Coupe Concept previews a new design language for Mazda, with a much sportier form factor. The proportions are distinctly rear-wheel drive, with very short front overhang and an exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio.

Highlights of the design include ovoid scalloping from the front wheel back, circular taillamps for a sportier feel and frameless doors. Inside, a sombre yet very upmarket atmosphere is created through the use of timber, leather and metals.

While it could preview the next generation Mazda6, it’s worth noting the 2010 Shinari concept that previewed the current 6 also had sporty, rear-drive proportions, so expect this one to be toned down somewhat before it reaches the market. However, that with medium-sized cars declining in sales worldwide, Mazda may seek to add more sporting flair this time around