October 25, 2011 at 3:29pm by Alexander Stoklosa
Mazda has announced that it will debut this Takeri concept next month at the 2011 Tokyo auto show; it’s a thinly disguised preview of the next Mazda 6. The stylish Minagi concept—which became the production CX-5 crossover—was the first vehicle to wear the company’s latest Kodo design language, but the Kodo-fied Takeri is even more handsome.
The Takeri is low, sculpted, and aggressive—and elegant, too. Its grille and headlights appear to be pulled straight from the Minagi; we hope the production 6 retains more of their character than did the CX-5. The clean, upscale design carries over to the cabin, where sweeping forms and nice detailing give the four-seat cockpit a vibe that’s more Jaguar XF than Honda Accord competitor.
The car’s green credentials are nearly as impressive as its styling. The Takeri is powered by Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D diesel engine and features an engine stop/start system combined with a regenerative braking setup. The captured energy is stored in capacitors, which contribute power to the car’s electrical components and reduce the alternator’s load on the engine. To help maximize the efficiency of the powertrain, Mazda says it constructed the Takeri using a lightweight structure and scrutinized the car’s aerodynamics.
The Takeri’s big Tokyo premier is scheduled for November 30. We expect the production version won’t be too far behind, given the short gap between the Minagi’s reveal and the arrival of the production CX-5.