Within the past one year plus, Mazda introduced to the world 2 conceptual cars. First were the Shinari and the other one was the Minagi. These two concepts will serve as a basis for Mazda’s future design and many of the styling cues will be featured on future production models.
Most of us would have already seen or knew that the upcoming Mazda CX-5 shows much hints of styling from the Minagi concept. People might wonder what happen to the Shinari concept. Did it become like many other concepts, put aside just like an old toy? The answer is no because Mazda has revealed the Takeri concept which is said to be the new Mazda 6.
The 4 door sedan concept will be unveiled at the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It shows a strong indication of how the next-gen Mazda6 will look like. Additionally, it will feature a new engine with Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies and a diesel engine version (most likely will not be available in Singapore) will be included as well.
The car will be produced in Japan and it will keep its front wheel drive layout. On top of the abovementioned items, the car will have the usual engine stop-start feature, aerodynamic aids, lightweight chassis using ultra-high tensile steel and something considered relatively new to production vehicles, regenerative brakes.
Regenerative brakes converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration. The converted electricity is stored in capacitors and then it is used for the vehicle’s electrical equipment such as air-conditioner, stereo, etc. This will reduce the load of the engine and thus saves fuel. Sounds very much similar to the KERS technology used in Formula 1.
Interior wise it has a more upmarket look, compared to current Mazda models. It even has a iDrive-like control knob situated at the centre console near the gear lever. Two individual seats are located at the rear which I doubt will go into production.
Mazda did not reveal much about the car as they intend to unveil the completed model sometime in the first quarter of next year and it will hit showrooms by end of 2012.
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