It’s only a couple of months since we first saw the Mazda Takeri Concept – at the Tokyo Motor Show in December – and now Mazda are giving the Takeri a European outing with a debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Takeri Concept isn’t just a concept for the sake of it, but is pretty much what we’ll get as the 2013 Mazda6, which makes the Takeri not just more interesting than it would have been as a pure concept, but also promises an interesting new Mazda6 too.
The Takeri/Mazda6 utilises Mazda’s latest design language – KODO – Soul of Motion – which we’ve also seen in the new Mazda CX-5 and the Shinari Concept from 2010. And we do think it looks good.
But looking good is just part of the equation for new Mazdas, with the really interesting stuff going on under the skin. The Takeri gets Mazda’s new SkyActiv technology engines which manage to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions without sacrificing enjoyment. That it also does it with petrol engines is a big plus.
The Takeri Concept gets Mazda’s new SkyActiv 2.2 litre turbo diesel with stop-start and the new SkyActiv 6-speed auto ‘box. There’s alos something Mazda called i-Eloop, which converts kinetic energy from braking to electricity which it stores in a capacitor and uses to run ancillaries thereby reducing fuel use and lowering emissions. A bit, at least.
The Mazda Takeri Concept – and ergo the new Mazda6 – will debut at Geneva in March 2012.
Mazda Takeri Concept (2013 Mazda6) Photo Gallery
(58 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)