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Official: All-New Electric Mazda Set For Tokyo Debut

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It will be like no other Mazda.

It is now less than one month to go before the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and Mazda wants to get people excited for its important upcoming reveal. Mazda is set to reveal its first-ever electric vehicle and the Japanese automaker has already said it will be a brand-new model, not based on any existing product in the lineup. This means the new EV could theoretically be anything but we are holding out hope it could be a sports car of some kind even though chances are it will be a crossover.

A separate rumor says Mazda is planning a surprise reveal of the long-awaited RX-8 replacement, so perhaps it could arrive with an EV powertrain instead of a rotary engine, though the rumors did mention a new inline-six, possibly ruling this out as a possibility. There is also a small chance the car could be powered by electric motors and use a rotary engine as a range extender, though the most likely scenario is an electric crossover based on the e-TPV Prototype.

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Mazda released a teaser for the big reveal, which will take place on October 23 in Tokyo. The caption for the video says "We're thrilled to announce that our very first all-electric vehicle will make its world premiere at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. By rethinking the concept of an electric car, it offers a richer, more rewarding driving experience, which further heightens the bond between car and driver."

We find it odd to see Mazda use terminology like "rewarding driving experience" and "[heightening] the bond between car and driver," to describe what will likely be a crossover.

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Mazda via YouTube
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The teaser itself doesn't give us any clues. In fact, it doesn't even show a glimpse of the car. Instead, we just see a couple of actors followed by a charger about to be plugged in. Mazda says to "Open your mind," which could mean almost anything. We are still holding out some hope of an electric RX-8 successor but an EV crossover similar to the CX-30 is what we expect to see unveiled in Japan's capital next month.

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