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Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Mazda uncovers elegant Vision Coupe concept

Sporty proportions and a minimalistic cabin hint at future design language

The Tokyo Motor Show is now underway and Japanese car manufacturers are all unveiling the high-tech concepts they have been developing over the year.

While many of the prototypes seen so far feature futuristic electric powertrains and are covered in LED mood lights, Mazda has opted to showcase a show car with a far more svelte silhouette. 

Appearing as a follow-up to the RX-9 sports car concept, which appeared at the 2015 show, Mazda’s Vision Coupe hints at a possible four-door production saloon with sleek and sporty proportions. 

The concept’s front end blends the familiar with the futuristic, revealing a much larger and lower version of the current Mazda 6’s front grille. This leads on to a long bonnet with subtle creases on the outer edge of the panel. 

It’s expected that the next generation of the carmaker’s Skyactive-X petrol engine will sit underneath the vast bonnet, says Evo, as it sports a 6,500rpm rev counter behind the steering wheel. 

Moving towards the rear, the concept has a very low roofline that merges into a subtle boot lip similar to the latest breed of Aston Martin grand tourers. The rear bumper is home to four exhaust outlets, suggesting the concept will be aimed at those looking for a sportier alternative to current luxury saloons on the market. 

Inside, the Vision Coupe comes with a minimalistic cabin lined with leather and wood panels. Only the gear-shifter features on the centre console, with most of the car’s functions installed in a thin touchscreen panel next to the somewhat conventional dashboard. 

As with most concept cars, there’s no word on a production date. However, the Vision Coupe gives fans a glimpse at the design language Mazda may pursue on its future models. 

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