Mazda’s Geneva concept points way to next 6 saloon
The Takeri points the way to the next Mazda 6, due to be unveiled next year. The concept is reputedly very close to the production car.
Mazda’s new ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design theme is prominent on the Takeri and the result is a much sleeker looking car, with more of a coupé-like profile than the current 6 saloon.
Under the bonnet, the Takeri is powered by Mazda’s new SkyActiv-D diesel engine, with a fuel-saving ‘i-stop’ system, while the six-speed automatic gearbox is also part of the SkyActiv technology programme.
The car will also be the first to be equipped with Mazda’s i-ELOOP, short for ‘Intelligent Energy Loop’. This is the brand’s first regenerative braking system, converting kinetic energy from deceleration to electricity and storing it in an electric double-layer capacitor.
The power is used to run the car’s electric components, thus reducing the load on the engine, resulting in an increased fuel economy of up to 10 per cent.
Mazda’s stand will also feature the CX-5 crossover, the production model that debuted the Kodo design theme and the first fitted with a full range of SkyActiv technology across the engine, transmission, body and chassis.
Mazda says that the lightweight structure and aerodynamic design of the CX-5, along with the SkyActiv technology has resulted in the car offering class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
CarandVanNews will report direct from the Geneva Show on 6th March. Look out too for a Mazda CX-5 first drive coming soon.
Words by: James Charman