Mazda's Rumored New Rotary Concept Could Be This Sleek Sedan


In any case, it will preview the next phase of Mazda's design language.

Last month we learned Mazda was planning to unveil a new rotary concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off in a couple of weeks. No other details were given regarding the concept’s body style, specifically meaning whether it’ll be a sports car, like the stunning RX Vision, or something else. Today we might have our answer. Might. Mazda has announced it’ll debut a new sedan concept previewing the next generation of KODO design language inspired models.

What wasn’t stated in the press release is whether the concept will also preview a rotary engine. We hope so, because we know for a fact Mazda is working on a new rotary engine after we spoke with Mazda Vice President for R&D at Frankfurt in September. Alongside this concept at Tokyo will be a second one, a compact hatchback that, according to Mazda, “fuses next-generation technology and design,” and is powered by the SkyActiv-X gasoline engine, the first of its type to use a compression ignition. Chances are, this concept previews the next generation Mazda3 hatch, which we also know will be powered by a SkyActiv-X engine.

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A pair of new production Mazdas will also be displayed, the special edition Mazda MX-5 Red Top and the Japan-only CX-8 three-row crossover. The MX-5 will feature a dark cherry red canopy and auburn Nappa leather upholstery. More details to come hopefully soon.