Mazda will preview its next-generation Mazda6 sedan at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show with an all-new, four-door concept car. Dubbed Takeri, the sporty concept features handsome new exterior styling, a sporty interior and several applications of Mazda's gas-saving SkyActiv technology.
Announced ahead of its December debut in Tokyo, the concept's most striking feature is its flowing exterior lines, which are derived from the automaker's "Kodo" design language. In front, onlookers will instantly notice the Takeri's broad wheel arches and Mazda's signature grille, while unique rear styling includes a sweeping roofline, thin tail lights, and aggressive trunk lines which emphasize sportiness. The concept also wears gray-painted alloy wheels and thin, sleek side mirrors designed to improve aerodynamics.
Inside, the concept takes an even more radical turn. Seating is provided by four chiseled white bucket seats, leaving no space for a third rear passenger. Controls are sparse, with most functions apparently absorbed by a trapezoidal center-mounted screen tilted towards the driver. But the most distinctive feature is a sweeping interior line that runs, unbroken, across both doors and the Takeri's dashboard, giving occupants the feeling of being in a cockpit.
The automaker is also touting the concept car's use of its fuel efficient Skyactiv technology. According to Mazda, the Takeri features the automaker's first-ever regenerative braking system, which harnesses braking power and turns it into usable energy capable of powering the vehicle's electronics. Other SkyActiv features making an appearance on the Takeri include the automaker's new diesel engine, start/stop technology and a lightweight chassis designed to improve fuel economy without sacrificing crash protection.
We expect a production version of the Takeri - likely with a full rear bench seat and a few other modifications - to replace the Mazda6 late next year or early in 2013. Introduced for 2009, the current Mazda6 represents the second generation of the midsize sedan, which replaced the 626 in 2003.