Mazda Takeri concept will debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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When the Mazda6 midsize sedan debuted in Canada as a 2004 model, it was praised for its handsome styling and sporty driving dynamics. The second and current generation model continued along this theme when it came to market as a 2009 model. At this year's 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda may be hinting at the next-generation Mazda6 with the announcement of the Takeri concept car.

Mazda refers to the Takeri concept as a "next-generation mid-sized saloon," and it seems to be similar in size to the current Mazda6. However, the styling is much more modern and expressive.

As with other recent Mazda concept cars, the Takeri adheres to Mazda's Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme. The Takeri concept has sculpted, muscular styling which flows over the entire length of the vehicle. The interior is modernly minimalist with sloping, curvaceous surfaces and attractive white sport seats. In truth, the Takeri concept bears a close resemblance to the Mazda Shinari concept sedan which debuted in 2010. Both concepts feature elegantly muscular, coupe-like designs with large front grilles and angular headlights.

The Takeri concept makes use of Mazda's recently introduced SkyActiv Technology. SkyActiv includes engines, transmissions and vehicle architectures designed to provide impressive efficiency, safety performance and driving pleasure with less harmful environmental impact.

Although Mazda has confirmed that a SkyActiv-D diesel engine provides power for the Takeri concept, the Japanese automaker hasn't yet released any performance specifications. However, the engine is most likely the same 2.2-litre diesel installed in the new Mazda CX-5 small crossover SUV. That engine generates 173 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to diesel power, the SkyActiv Technology in the Takeri concept includes Mazda's first ever regenerative braking system. The system converts the kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost during braking into electricity. The electricity is then stored in capacitors where it can be used by the Takeri concept's electrical systems, thus reducing engine load and sparing fuel.

The Takeri concept makes its official world debut on Wednesday, November 30 at the Tokyo Motor show and will be joined by the new 2013 CX-5 as well as other Mazda models and technology exhibits.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Mazda, 2011, Takeri Concept,

Organizations: Mazda

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