Mazda has just taken the wraps off of its new concept sedan, the Takeri, at its display stand here at the Tokyo Big Sight expo hall (honest, that's what it's called). The C/D-sized concept sedan furthers Mazda's Kodo 'Soul of Motion' design language while hinting at the next Mazda6.

Predictably, the Takeri (derived from the Japanese word for "Male") is equipped with a full slate of Skyactiv features, including Mazda's new Skyactiv-D clean diesel – a version of which we recently fell in love with in the CX-5 crossover – and a new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

In person, The Takeri offers a very attractive shape, with traditional Mazda cues including a prominent hexagonal grille (we particularly like the subtle matte metal element that links the grille to the headlamps) and short overhangs. More importantly, the showcar appears to be a production-friendly shape if you discount items like the showcar mirrors, slightly oversized 20-inch wheels and raise the roofline by an inch or two. Given the Mazda6's slow sales pace, a successor can't get here soon enough.

For more details, check out our high-res image gallery or click on the jump to read the official press release.

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New-generation CD Sedan Concept Represents the Most-evolved Form of Mazda's New 'KODO - Soul of Motion' Design Theme and Breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

Mazda TAKERI makes its world debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. This concept car is the crystallization of the new 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design theme and breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, showing the future direction of Mazda's new-generation CD sedan.

TAKERI inherits the four-door sports coupe vision of the Mazda SHINARI concept car, combining speed and excitement with sedan car styling. It is equipped with the new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, Mazda's i-stop idling stop system, and a unique regenerative braking system 'i-ELOOP' developed in pursuit of ultimate energy efficiency. Together, these technologies achieve astonishing improvements in fuel efficiency and driving performance.

Mazda TAKERI's design, driving pleasure and environmental performance make it the ideal new-generation CD sedan that will be at the core of the Mazda vehicle lineup.

A portrait of a new-generation CD sedan, painted by the continuing evolution of 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design and SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

Evolving from the Mazda SHINARI, Mazda TAKERI exhibits styling that reflects the full nature of a Mazda CD sedan, with striking balance and a masculine power; the name TAKERI is derived from a Japanese word meaning 'male.'

In developing TAKERI, Mazda was seeking a breakthrough CD sedan design. The aim was to balance striking emotional appeal with unmistakably sedan-like styling, and to do it at a level never achieved before. The result is uniquely sporty sedan styling that embodies the quality and allure demanded in the CD category.

Mazda TAKERI is fully equipped with the breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY introduced on the Mazda CX-5. Its engine is the SKYACTIV-D new-generation highly efficient clean diesel, which, in combination with the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission and i-stop idling stop system, delivers refined performance that overturns the traditional unexciting diesel image, along with superior fuel efficiency.

The TAKERI concept also adopts Mazda's regenerative braking system i-ELOOP that represents Step Two of Mazda's Building Block Strategy, following i-stop.

Through the combination of regenerative braking, the highly efficient SKYACTIV powertrain and architecture, and i-stop, TAKERI delivers astonishingly high levels of both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental performance.

TAKERI is the embodiment of Mazda's new-generation CD sedan vision, showing the flair of KODO design while simultaneously achieving the ultimate efficiency for a vehicle without hybrid technologies.

A portrait of the new-generation CD sedan, painted by the new KODO – Soul of Motion design theme

• Exterior design
Building on the styling of the previous concept model, the Mazda SHINARI, Mazda focused on making TAKERI's exterior design even more arresting by visually capturing a sense of coiled animal power stored and ready to explode into rapid motion, and fitting it around the layout and packaging of a CD segment car. The powerful overhanging front fender line, sculpted over the wheels, evokes the image of a cheetah's shoulder as it uses its front paws to grip the ground and quickly change direction. The rear fender line is the powerful inflection of the hip as the cheetah kicks off to run. Building from these images and melding the rhythms of the differing front and rear shapes, the designers were able to clearly express a lean, muscular body and the sense of running free. In addition, the powerful axis that runs the full length of the vehicle evokes an image of the car's spine, visually embodying a confident, masculine power as well as a sense of speed.

Needless to say, Mazda TAKERI stresses aerodynamic performance, adopting the features common to all new-generation Mazda cars equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Superior aerodynamic performance was achieved by optimally tuning the airflow over the upper body and efficiently rectifying the airflow with the underfloor design.

Front view
The deeply chiseled front view has the 'signature wings' that tell you immediately this is a new-generation Mazda. The entire front end has the solidity and confidence appropriate for a CD sedan. Headlamps are set deep into the wings in sculpted mountings, suggesting a glint in the eye and a desire to run free.

Side view
While containing a comfortable space for four adults, the cabin is positioned further back to express dynamic proportions giving a superb balance between the stylistic beauty of a sedan, an emotionally appealing elegance, and an unparalleled expression of power that lets you intuitively feel the joy of driving.

Rear view
Similar to the front, the rear is deeply chiseled to express a strong sense of determination. The lines from the side and the shape of the trunk create a fine balance between a sense of speed and a sense of stability.

Body color
A newly-developed red further accentuates the sculptured shapes and delicate inflections of KODO design. This high-quality, passionate red amplifies expression with depth, beautifully expressing gradations from highlights to shaded areas in sunlight, further enhancing the driver's expectations.

• Interior design
Taking the thinking behind Mazda SHINARI as a starting point, TAKERI's interior is a high-level balance of the sense of speed and the functionality of the driver-car interface. Of course, materials used and the overall comfort and ambience of the cabin are appropriate for Mazda's top-of-the-range CD sedan.

The flowing lines from the upper section of the instrument panel to the door trim evoke a sense of speed and pulse-raising dynamism that is KODO design at its finest. The lower section of the instrument panel forms a strong horizontal line and the thick trim which looks like a part of the frame, runs horizontally from the passenger side to the center panel. The result is a sense of stability suited to a sedan, differing markedly from the SHINARI four-door sports coupe's interior.

Further, the instrument panel garnish has a metal base with a clear coating that creates a fresh sense of newness. When struck by light, the base naturally has a metallic sheen, displaying a sense of depth and quality befitting a CD sedan.

Evolved SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY - Full Adoption of Technologies up to Step Two of the Building Block Strategy: a Unique Regenerative Braking System

The new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine with the world's first* diesel idling stop system that achieves a single-compression restart, and the regenerative braking system 'i-ELOOP'
Mazda TAKERI's new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine achieves compression-induced spontaneous ignition at the world's lowest* compression ratio. The major result is an ideal combustion cycle with highly efficient energy conversion. It also results in lower mechanical stress, reducing friction and allowing dramatic reductions in the weight of each engine component. Thanks to these benefits, SKYACTIV-D delivers exhilarating acceleration in combination with exceptional fuel economy to upend conventional views of the diesel engine.
TAKERI is also equipped with an i-stop system specifically developed for use with a diesel engine that achieves the world's first* re-ignition with a single compression. This eliminates the load on the battery and starter motor during restarts and cuts fuel wastage to achieve superior environmental performance. This clearly sets i-stop apart from conventional diesel engine idling stop systems, giving smooth, fast restarts and relaxed, stress-free driving.

In addition, TAKERI features Mazda's unique regenerative braking system i-ELOOP to greatly improve driving performance and fuel economy.
*As of November 2011, Mazda data.

Technical Specifications
Body type
4-door sedan
Seating capacity
Overall length x width x height
4,850mm x 1,870mm x 1,430mm
SKYACTIV-DRIVE (6-speed automatic)
Front-wheel drive
Major systems
i-stop idling stop system
Regenerative braking system i-ELOOP
Front: MacPherson struts
Rear: multi-link
Front: ventilated discs
Rear: ventilated discs
Steering system
Electric power assisted steering (column type)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      If this will be the next Mazda 6, DO WANT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely beautiful! I want one!
      • 3 Years Ago
      BRING BACK THE MAZDASPEED 6!!!! This design is awesome looking! AWD and turbo 2.3 bumped to 275 - 280 ish and I think everyone will be happy.
      Hedo D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just add diesel to this car and CX-5 for US market. And make it quick too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello Mazda! If this is the next 6, you have a sales success on your hands. Have to wonder how much will be lost in final product. Keep the style close, keep your "Vroom" and watch them drive out the door.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It will be bigger, ride higher with smaller tires/wheels and overall much uglier by they time they design the US version.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Mazda.... just a suggestion..... replace the current 6 with this and actually make it FUN once again. The old 6 was a sports sedan under the disguise of a ho-hum family car. The new, heavier, US only 6 handles like an Accord- albeit, a good looking, slightly "warmer" Accord, but still, it lost all the sporting potential that the last 6 had. Hell, it doesn't even come with a manual anymore. The Passat and Legacy are better handlers and perform better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, that's beautiful. Definitely some perfect eye bleach after checking out the photos of the Juke Nismo Concept. I can pretty much guarantee my country hick co-workers would call it the Mazda Teriyaki, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great. However, all of Mazda's recent concept cars looked great. The question is if they can successfully translate the Kodo styling themes to their production cars. Something they never accomplished with the old styling theme.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Mazda figured out how to cool an engine without having to have a ridiculous smiley face on the front of the car? The rest of the car industry says, "Welcome! You finally caught up!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        I admit I had no real opinion about the smiley grill but this is without a doubt an improvement. :D
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a nice design. I hope they keep the metal accent that reaches into the headlights. They didn't really do this with the CX-5. I hope we get to see more photos from normal angles because that front overhang does NOT look short.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like the overhang is mostly bumper cover.
      • 3 Years Ago
      let's just hope the new 6 does look anything like this
      A. Harlan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having bought a lot of cars over the years, both personal and business….I've also seen a lot of concepts. What usually attracts my attention to any vehicle is styling and pragmatism. Do I like its looks, would I enjoy driving it every day, and would it fill my needs, no different than most people. Setting aside the technical stuff and just looking at the styling, I like it. My question is…why makers don't build the cars that they wow us with in concepts. I've listened to PR people say that some production car has the door handles and a sight line or body crease of the concept (and little else) as though that was supposed to impress me. So many cars end up totally anonymous in appearance in spite of good concepts. Whats the point of showing to the public a beautiful concept if it is never going to be built and sold as shown?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A. Harlan
        Most concepts are to showcase the 'inspiration' that companies will pull from. And being a car show, most concepts go over the top to wow the crowd doing many things that would not be cost effective and/or leading to customer segregation. Not everyone likes 20" wheels (sadly), and those big brakes, low suspension and other features usually get dumped. Now Audi's new A3 concept was said to be 90% production ready when they unveiled it, but that was a model redesign concept, this is more of a 'could end up being a replacement for the 6 depending on how things shake out and what finance says about costs.'
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