All will be revealed next week.
We've known for a while now that Mazda is planning to launch its first-ever electric model next year. It will be a standalone model that isn't based on an existing car in the automaker's lineup. While Mazda has been keeping the body style a secret, Mazda's European design boss, Jo Stenuit, has promised it won't "look like a fridge," unlike other generic-looking EVs.
The wait for Mazda's new EV is nearly over, however, as the Japanese automaker has confirmed the unnamed model will be shown for the first time at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show next week.
Ahead of the EV's debut, Mazda has released a new video teaser showing the model's sleek silhouette. Judging from the design, Mazda's first EV appears to be a coupe-style crossover with a sloping roofline. The design will likely be inspired by the CX-30-based e-TPV Prototype.
Sadly, this rules out the possibility of the Mazda RX8's replacement being revealed at the event. According to Mazda, the EV will adopt a "coupe-like cabin" that "achieves a lightweight look by adopting a unique door concept."
The styling will be an evolution of Mazda's "Kodo-Soul of Motion design" introduced for the all-new Mazda3 that will explore a new direction "more in touch with futuristic values and changing lifestyles," while the front facia has a "friendly expression".
No other details were revealed, but Mazda's previous video teaser gave us a glimpse of the coupe-style cabin, which will be filled with "sustainable materials." Powertrain details are still being kept under wraps, but the e-TPV Prototype packed a 35.5-kWh battery pack and an electric motor producing 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Mazda will unveil its first EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show next week on October 23 before it goes on sale next year.