Mazda has shown off its Takeri concept car at the Geneva motor show
4 March 2012

The Mazda Takeri concept car first seen in Tokyo last year has been shown at the Geneva motor show.

The Takeri is the company's vision for the next Mazda 6, due on sale in 2013. Only door handles, wheels, and wing mirrors will change for production.

The handsome Takeri saloon sports the firm’s new ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design language, also seen on the CX-5. The result is a much bolder look than the current-generation 6 saloon, complete a more distinctive treatment front grille and slim, technical headlights, crisper lines and a more coupe-like profile. There also appears to be a Jaguar XF inspiration for the rear styling, particularly with the lights and brightwork across the boot.

The new saloon will benefit from the full array of SkyActiv technology, which includes new highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, compact, lightweight automatic and manual transmissions, new suspension systems and a new modular steel platform.

The Takeri is the first Mazda car to be equipped with i-ELOOP - short for 'Intelligent Energy Loop'. This is Mazda's first regenerative braking system and uses a unique solution that converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration and stores it in an electric double-layer capacitor.

The power is used to run the vehicle's electric components, thereby reducing the load on the engine and increasing fuel economy by up to 10 per cent. Interior shots reveal an Apple-style minimalistic premium look and feel for the driver-orientated four-seat cabin. A BMW i-Drive style rotary controller has also been adopted instead of more traditional controls.

Mazda chief Takashi Yamanouchi believes the concept is a showcase for the potential of the Japanese manufacturer’s technology. "It embodies SkyActiv, as efficient as a hybrid without any electrification," he said. "It is a symbol of what we can achieve with our plans. It is about driving pleasure and efficiency.”

The concept is powered by the new SkyActiv-D 173bhp, 310lb ft 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. Its lightweight, low friction design, together with the lowest compression ratio of any production diesel engine and clever new stop-start and regenerative braking systems, results in CO2 emissions of just 104g/km and “excellent” fuel economy. This engine is mated to a new torque convertor automatic gearbox, which offers economy similar to that of a manual.

The SkyActiv technology is designed to allow Mazda to prosper as an independent car maker after its split from Ford, and to future-proof the company from strict future emissions regulations. It will appear in a production car for the first time in the Mazda CX-5 when it goes on sale in spring 2012.

The Mazda 6 will be the second car to be spun off the lighter, stiffer SkyActiv platform. This steel spaceframe is made in small sections so it can be easily scaled up or down to underpin anything from a Mazda 3 family hatchback to a full-size CX-9 SUV.

Mazda's Geneva exhibition will also show off the all-new CX-5 compact crossover, a special MX-5 known as the Venture Edition, the current production range and the manufacturer's SkyActiv technology.

Mark Tisshaw, Jim Holder and Hilton Holloway

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25 October 2011

Had a current shape Mazda 6 for a year and could not fault it . This looks much more exciting though and I cant help but admire Mazda for leading the "light brigade" . That 2.2 diesel looks pretty fruity too .

Not sure whether I would prefer this to a CX5 though . It will all be down to the lease costs then .

Mazda do seem to be a manufacturer who is on message though . More than I could say for a few European brands or should that be blands.......Reanult/Fiat are you listening ?

25 October 2011

I like the look of it even though it is incredibly derivative of other existing brands (rear end grafted directly from a Hyundai Sonata, sides and front owing more than just a casual nod to Jag and Ford's new Mondeo/Taurus/Mustang concepts.

I hope that the production model is a little more individual but should be a fine car as usual.

25 October 2011

[quote philcUK]it is incredibly derivative of other existing brands (rear end grafted directly from a Hyundai Sonata, sides and front owing more than just a casual nod to Jag and Ford's new Mondeo/Taurus/Mustang concepts.[/quote] I am afraid I cannot agree. Although modern market forces and legal requirements mean many cars resemble each other (and I gave up trying to identify them long ago), I don't think this is the case with Mazda. I was fortunate enough to see the Mazda Shinari concept car and the Jaguar XF at the Melbourne Motor Show and I can tell you that the Kodo design language looks far better: the Shinari made the XF look flat and bland. The Kodo design language doesn't dwell in the details but in the way visual mass is distributed and it seeks to convey power and motion. I sincerely hope the new Mazda 6 is as successful as the Takeri concept car.

25 October 2011

Yes - the Shinari was a good looking concept but for me, this one has way less impact - presumably as it's intended to be more 'production ready'. I wouldn't have said the Shinari was derivative in anyway but dont get that feeling with this - definitely too much of the Ford Evos in there - so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree :)

25 October 2011

For me the front end styling is too bulky, too heavy. I know this will be down to both pedestrian and frontal impact regulations but it almost looks Inifinitiesque to me.

The rest of the tech on the car though seems to be promising and I hope using this they can stay independent.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 October 2011

I had a couple of the original Mazda6s, both 2.0 petrols, one was an estate and one was a hatchback. I found them pretty mediocre. I then had a mark two estate with the 2.0 petrol engine, and thought that it was a slight improvement. Then, last year, I treated myself to a Mazda6 with the 2.2D engine with the 180bhp power output. It was great fun, and it was in Sport trim too, so I had leather seats, Bose stereo, rear boot spoiler, posh alloys, etc. I couldn't recommend it higher. It was quite expensive, but it would wipe the floor with an equivalent Mondeo.

25 October 2011

My company car is due to be replaced and so I tested a current 6 as part of it and while it was really quick and nice to drive the interior technology and styling is light years behind a MK4.5 mondeo or a skoda superb. This could be what the car has been waiting for a good update and hopefulyl retaining its good value.

jer

25 October 2011

[quote SimonRH]he interior technology and styling is light years behind a MK4.5 mondeo or a skoda superb.[/quote] I was also disappointed with the interior of the new CX-5. I-Drive controller or not it already looked dated to me.

25 October 2011

[quote TegTypeR] I know this will be down to both pedestrian and frontal impact regulations but it almost looks Inifinitiesque to me.[/quote]

Yes, the front end looks as you say Infinitiesque (good phrase), but better in the detail. Whole car looks good, my only criticism of recent 6 models has been low speed ride quailty. Mazda have produced some great chassis in recent years, RX8 for instance, so would hope for something special in that department.

25 October 2011

I think this is a fine looking car, with very promising technology. Good work Mazda.

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