Mazda Takeri Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Mazda takeri concept

  • Looks like: A sleek-styled four-door coupe
  • Defining characteristics: Stop/start diesel powertrain 
  • Ridiculous features: Not much aside from the very un-Mazda-like swoopy styling
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Slim, but we will see its design elements and some features in production vehicles over the next couple of years

It looks like a diesel powertrain is in Mazda's near future. The automaker is showing its first SkyActiv diesel concept in New York. The Takeri is an aggressively styled coupe-like sedan that uses a variety of new fuel-saving technologies, some of which the automaker expects to roll out into production vehicles.

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The swoopy midsize sedan rides on 20-inch satin-chrome wheels and uses what Mazda calls its Kodo ("Soul of Motion") design theme. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was the first production vehicle to use Kodo cues, including the updated five-point grille and more sculpted body lines. "The sharp features of Takeri also could undoubtedly make their way into a future production vehicle," Mazda said in a statement. Its satin-chrome accents are carried over inside, lining the instrument panel. The cabin also features bolstered seats in Ceramic White leather.

Under the hood is a 2.2-liter diesel engine, part of the company's SkyActiv-branded powertrains. It joins other new fuel-tech equipment like a start/stop system that Mazda calls i-stop and a regenerative braking system dubbed i-ELOOP. With the former, the concept can be restarted in four-tenths of a second, which Mazda says is the world's fastest diesel engine restart time. The latter stands for Intelligent Energy Loop and is a capacitor-based regenerative braking system. The kinetic energy captured while braking is stored in a capacitor instead of in the battery; it's then used to power the vehicle's electrical equipment. Mazda says it improves fuel economy by as much as 10%.

Mazda did not confirm production plans for the Takeri, but did say that elements of the design and fuel-saving equipment will make their way into production vehicles. The i-stop system is already available in vehicles sold in Japan, Europe, Australia and New Zealand; i-ELOOP will be introduced into Mazda vehicles beginning in 2012.

Comments 

Jay

Too bad. Mazda should build this sedan ASAP. Even though there is a little Kia Optima to the look, it looks unique to them. Best looking vehicle (production or concept) in the last few years.

Dan

I agree, build it!!! could be what Mazda needs to pull it out of their slump. It is a gorgeous car....

Alan

Build it and we will come. Don't lose the V6 in the translation please.

Matt C.

That car looks beautiful! I would definitely buy one. If I knew it was coming, I would hold off on any other purchase to get that car!


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