Mazda is poised to reveal, albeit in concept form, what the next-generation Mazda 3 hatchback could look like at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The company has confirmed that they will premiere a "product concept model" which will be based on the next-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, and be powered by the revolutionary Skyactiv-X compression ignition engine.
Two teaser pictures highlight the concept's streamlined silhouette and rear section. More importantly, Mazda has also released a picture of which could possibly be the next-generation car's body structure.
The third-generation Mazda 3 was first introduced in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motorshow, this would suggest that a successor could be upon us as early as 2019, coinciding with the debut of the Skyactiv-X engine. Mazda’s Spark Controlled Compression Ignition enables the engine to switch between spark and compression ignition, resulting in more power and fuel economy rivalling that of hybrid engines.
Another concept from Mazda at Tokyo 2017 will showcase the concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda design. Essentially expanding on the hugely-successful Kodo design language which Mazda debuted with the CX-5 in 2012.
Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO adds “Our stand this year marks the beginning of a new era for Mazda. We will showcase a concept model with the design and technologies that will define a whole new generation of Mazda cars. Among them is Skyactiv-X, a gasoline engine that realizes a long-held dream of the global automotive industry.”