Mazda has announced details of its new Takeri concept car, which it describes as a ‘next generation mid-sized saloon’. It will be unveiled at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
A sleek, sporty-looking car boasting the swoopy flourishes of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language, the Takeri hints at what the next generation Mazda6 will be like.
Mazdas have generally been good to drive, but the Takeri intends to match that with dynamic styling that makes rivals like the Volkswagen Passat look deeply unadventurous.
Mazda Skyactiv to improve efficiency
Mazda also hopes to hammer home the message about its innovative Skyactiv eco philosophy, which was first unveiled in the new CX-5 crossover. Skyactiv is an all-encompassing manifesto for improved dynamics and efficiency that takes in weight saving, aerodynamics, suspension design, gearboxes, and more besides.
At its heart is the new Skyactiv engine range, debuted in the CX-5 and also featuring in the Takeri. The concept uses a version of the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine, which boasts lower than usual compression to enable a lighter engine construction, improved refinement and greater performance.
Regenerative braking system
This is matched with Mazda’s first regenerative braking system. Essentially, energy recovered and stored while the vehicle is slowing is used to reduce the electrical load on the engine and improve economy and CO2 emissions.
When paired with the other Skyactiv features it should help the Takeri score well with fleet drivers, who make up a sizeable chunk of current Mazda6 customers.