Mazda prepares two prototypes for the next Tokyo Motor Show
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 10, 2017
The Japanese brand Mazda prepares two prototypes for the next Tokyo Motor Show, at the end of the month, which advance the future of the brand two different ways. One anticipates the next generation of the Mazda3 and the other points to the future Kodo design language of the house.
The first, a five-door compact, gives us insight into what the future Mazda3 might look like and, in fact, incorporates Mazda's new propulsion technology, Skyactiv-X, as well as other next-generation solutions that have not been detailed at this time. background.
For its part, the prototype that advances the future in the design language of the Hiroshima brand is an evolution of the KODO concept that we already know from the Mazda CX-5 of 2012, but in this case it is a four-door model with marked coupé lines on which we should not put too many expectations, as it seems to be a mere design exercise, and not an advance of a future product series.
Skyactiv-X: the future of Mazda engines
Although like all manufacturers, Mazda is already dedicating resources to research and develop in the field of electric vehicles (in collaboration with Toyota, for example), the fact is that the Japanese brand continues to believe in its combustion engines.
Mazda maintains its desire to improve its engines to keep up with them for decades to come, as they will continue to be critical in their product range. But how? For Skyactiv-X technology, for the moment.
This technology Skyactiv-X, which promises to reduce fuel consumption by 30% compared to current generation Mazda engines, but maintaining an acceptable level of performance. The main novelty of these future engines is a compression ignition (HCCI or Homogeneous-Charge Compression Ignition), which allows to dispense with the spark plugs.
Despite all this, we will see hybrids as part of Mazda's offer in just a couple of years, as a complement to conventional combustion engines, but also electric vehicles in 2020 and plug-in hybrids shortly thereafter, in 2021.