Sharply styled, edgy but minimalist inside and hinting at its dynamic strength, the set of Mazda Kai Concept images leaked on a Belgian website show a concept version of the car that has, at times, ranked as the top-selling vehicle in Australia – take away fleet sales, and the Mazda 3 is one of the best-performing cars among private buyers.
Looking something like a shrunken-down Mazda RX-Vision concept, the Kei is likely to evolve into the Mazda-badged model that introduces Skyactiv-X, a high-compression petrol engine that can act like a diesel engine, ditching the spark plug in the interests of reducing fuel use and emissions.
“Dynamic performance has been dramatically refined and next-generation design condensed to create Mazda’s ideal compact hatchback,” Mazda says.
Down the back, the Kai concept hints at the Alfa Romeo Brera, itself a seductive design.
Making its debut alongside the Mazda Kai Concept will be what the car maker calls its “next-generation design vision”, a four-door, fastback-styled sedan that “embodies the concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda design, resulting in a more profound expression of the globally-acclaimed KODO design language Mazda debuted on the Mazda CX-5 in 2012”.
Mazda will also show an updated MX-5 RF, the hard-topped version of the two-seat roadster.
The media day for the Tokyo Motor Show starts today.